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    New government figures have found that the number of people sleeping rough on the streets of London has risen by over a third in the past year.

    A report by the Department for Communities and Local Government found that levels of homelessness in London have risen by 34% between 2013 and 2014 with the rest of the country seeing a rise of around 14%, reports RT.

    The reports found that almost 750 people were sleeping rough on the streets of London, accounting for 27% of the total national figure.

    Homelessness charity Crisis are calling for the law to force councils to provide help for people who are not prioritized on local authorities’ housing lists.

    Jon Sparkes, the charity’s chief executive, said the research showed the extent to which the law is “failing people facing homelessness.”

    “Welfare reform, benefit cuts and a chronic shortage of affordable homes mean more and more people are coming to their council as homeless. But as the law stands, far too often when single people ask for help, they are turned away to sleep on the street,” he added.

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    March 30, 2015 by Laura Matthews Categories: Homelessness

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