The report, commissioned by St Mungo’s, estimates that at least 1,169 bed spaces in England were lost between March 2010 and March 2011.
The £42.5m funding boost for the Homelessness Change Programme, announced by Housing Minister Grant Shapps, in October promises an extra 1,200 bed spaces across the UK. But the loss of 1,169 bed spaces over the past year actually means that this will only amount to an increase of 31 bed spaces.
Despite government figures stating that homelessness “remains lower than in 28 of the last 30 years”, three out of five outreach workers claim that homelessness has increased in their area over the past year. This is a national crisis providing an megre increase of THIRTY ONE beds on the Homelessness Change Programme might give you some idea of how little the governmnet is doing to address this issue. But then most of the 29 millionaires in the cabinet have more than one home and it's not their sons,daughter,brother,sisters and elderly out there freezing on the streets is it ?