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24 Oct 2016

Councils ‘tell homeless to sleep on streets so they can get help’

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Homeless people are being told by councils to sleep rough so they can get help, research by a charity has found.

People who turned to their local authority for help were often sent packing without support or instructed to sleep rough in order to access services, according to a report by St Mungo’s.

The findings, based on interviews with 40 St Mungo’s clients, suggested that three-quarters of homeless people had slept rough the night after they asked a council for help because they had nowhere to stay.

One of those interviewed by St Mungo’s said: “We decided to go to the local council and they told us that we had to sleep rough for three nights in a row before they could actually do anything to help us. We just felt complete despair.”

Read the full story on the Independent website


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