Rough sleeping has soared to record levels, with nearly 5,000 people — including a large number of veterans — estimated sleeping rough last year in England, while local authorities rolled out the red carpet for refugees.
Local authorities recorded 4,751 people bedded down outside in a single night in autumn, marking a 15 per cent increase on the figure for 2016, according to the latest government figures.
The rise to autumn 2017 is the seventh consecutive increase in rough sleeping, with the number of people affected having more than doubled since comparative records began in 2010.
With 217 people sleeping rough, Westminster was the worst affected by the phenomena, while in second place with 178 rough sleepers recorded was Brighton and Hove, which styles itself a “city of sanctuary” for illegal immigrants and asylum seekers.
Local newspaper the Argusreported in December that 17 of what it termed “Brighton’s homeless community”, with an average age of 46, died last year in circumstances described as “avoidable” by leading doctor Tim Worthley, who provides aid to rough sleepers.
While the situation in Brighton worsened for homeless people in the past year, when the number of rough sleepers in the city increased 20 per cent, the Arguslavished praise on the local council for its decision to spend vast sums of money on housing people from abroad: Full Story HERE