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FALL IN NUMBERS OF ROUGH SLEEPERS IN LONDON

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Housing minister Sir George Young has welcomed the fifth consecutive fall in the number of people sleeping rough in...
Housing minister Sir George Young has welcomed the fifth consecutive fall in the number of people sleeping rough in central London.

A street audit in May by the charity Homeless Network found 268 people sleeping on the streets of central London, a 7% drop from a directly comparable count undertaken six months earlier.

Sir George said: 'Many of those remaining on the streets have problems associated with alcohol or drug abuse or mental illness.

'They will best be helped through the combined efforts of the voluntary sector agencies, local authority housing and social services departments and local health providers'.
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