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LONDON LOSING HOMELESS BATTLE WARN CHARITIES

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London's homelessness problem remains at crisis point and shows no sign of ending, housing charities warned today, ...
London's homelessness problem remains at crisis point and shows no sign of ending, housing charities warned today, reports the Evening Standard (p6).

A report by the Homeless Network showed a slight drop in the numbers sleeping rough.

Researchers found 316 people on the streets in the West End, the City and Whitechapel on one night in May compared with 340 in a similar survey last November.

But charity workers in the field claim the figures do not give a true picture of the problem with no record of people sleeping in squats or derelict buildings, the paper reports.

Homeless Network director Steve Wyler conceded that the government's Rough Sleeper initiative and efforts by local authorities were creating a 'route' off the streets.

But he added: 'We are still very far from seeing an end to London's homelessness crisis.'

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