Benefit tales

The number of people sleeping rough in London has risen again despite the country’s economic recovery, new figures have revealed.

The amount of people sleeping on the capital’s streets in the first quarter of 2014 rose by 8% compared with the same period in 2013, with 2,029 found living without shelter.

The figures come on the back of three years of rises in rough sleeping, representing a 75% increase.

Housing charity Crisis is now calling on the Mayor of London and the government to take urgent action to stop further rises by reversing damaging housing benefit cuts, building more homes and protecting services that prevent and solve homelessness.

The figures, released by the Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN), present information on those seen sleeping rough by outreach workers on the streets of London from January 2014 to March 2014.

Leslie Morphy, Crisis chief executive, said: “It is nothing short…

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