a friend of mine who volunteers with a homeless charity in brighton told me something the otherday which utterly horrified me. Some of the poeple he works with used to be on the streets in London. in the run up to the 2012 olympics, in an effort to clean up the streets, many homeless people were offered a £30 1 WAY ticket to Brighton. many took it.
there is very little in the way of homeless shelters in brighoton in as most have had to close due to lack of funding. there is huge numbers of people sleeping rough, there for a number of reasons. many with mental health issues, many more just with no where else to go.
the amount of people sleeping rough has increased 4 fold since the tories came to power. this is an epidemic. and its a totally stopable. if only we'd stop giving money to private landlords and create affordable housing and shelter and support for those who need it.