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Christmas traditionally sees an upsurge of sympathy towards homeless people, who are too often regarded with suspicion or contempt. This year campaigners working to change such attitudes have a new ally: the author Raynor Winn. Her acclaimed memoir The Salt Path, describing her own experience of homelessness, could not be more timely. Rough sleeping in parts of England appears out of control, with tents and sleeping bags ubiquitous in many locations and large numbers of people, including women, begging in the streets. On Friday we reported that 24,000 people are expected to sleep rough over Christmas, a 98% increase since 2010. Official figures reveal 82,310 homeless households in temporary accommodation, including 123,000 children. Some of these people remain stuck in properties miles from their schools and support networks for years.


The Guardian

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