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ROUGH SLEEPER PLAN AIMS TO REDUCE NUMBERS ON STREETS BY TWO THIRDS

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The government's social exclusion unit will today publish proposals for reducing the numbers of people sleeping rou...
The government's social exclusion unit will today publish proposals for reducing the numbers of people sleeping rough on the streets, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

An official will be appointed as 'homelessness tsar' to tackle the problem, with the target of reducing numbers on the streets by two-thirds in four years, Today reported.

One proposal is for homeless people to be forced to take up hostel places, it said.

But organisations working with homeless people told the programme the causes of homelessness must be addressed as well. Many young people on the streets were previously in local authority care, they said.
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