People Living in Caves as UK Homelessness Reaches Five-Year High ~ WSWS

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SEE ALSO: Homeless households ‘off the radar’ of public services (Guardian)

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A report in the Manchester Evening News noted that Stockport in the north of England has seen a 42 percent increase in homelessness in just one year. Jonathan Billings, a project manager with the local homeless charity Wellsprings, said, “The number of people turning up each day for support has soared from around 60 to 70 to around 140 in the last three years.”

His organization has witnessed a particular surge in demand among more middle class, affluent people. After having worked for years, they lost everything in the downturn, he said. Billings emphasised the risk these people face when sleeping without shelter:

“Unfortunately when people are sleeping rough they will come to very dangerous places. I know of people who have fallen into the river.”

Official statistics published by the government show a five-year high…

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