Austerity increases homelessness
New data has revealed the number of people sleeping rough in England has risen by 23 per cent in a year.
The figures were gathered by local authorities in a single night last autumn, and compared with an assessment 12 months earlier.
The statistics show that on one night in 2011 there were 2,181 rough sleepers in England, up 413 from 1,768 on the same night the previous year.
London and the South East had the highest number of rough sleepers with more than 400 in each region. More than half of London's rough sleepers come from overseas, with a notable growth in people from Central and Eastern Europe. The North East had the fewest rough sleepers with 32.