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The number of people in England presenting to their local council as homeless rose by 23% in the first three months of this year, compared with the same period in 2010. The numbers of people sleeping rough on the streets has also started to climb.
That 23% figure does not tell the full story: some councils in London – Hackney, Bromley, Islington, Haringey — saw year on year rises in homeless applications of between 80% and 99%.
These statistics, troubling in themselves, are only the first wave. They refer to people, by and large, uprooted by the reverberations of the financial crash of 2008 and the resultant economic downturn. Read More: