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Support services for single homeless people in England have lost £5bn since 2009, leaving people at risk with "nowhere to turn", charities say. Analysis for St Mungo's and Homeless Link found as councils faced central government funding cuts, such services lost an average of £590m a year. Rough sleeping, the most extreme form of homelessness, rose 165% over around the same period, the charities say. The government has set up more projects to tackle the issue since 2018. The charities acknowledge that the government has announced additional funding for local authorities for the coming years. But this is dwarfed by the money that has been lost over time, they said. The charities commissione... Full story

24 April