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Seems to be in the news, despite Brexit, with a rough sleeper dying outside Parliament - but what's to be done ?   Immediately - why hasn't every local authority area got an emergency shelter, which could be a heated industrial unit, with beds, blankets etc; this could be used for other "emergencies" too.?     Long term -  the obvious answer is to provide more "social" housing and community housing, either through new build or aquisition of empty properties;  and by definition, such provision would need to be free.  Such provision would provide access to the various mental health and drug charities, to provide remedial help.  Now if MPs can tear themselves away from the Brexit pantomime, perhaps they'll find the resources to do it ?

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There was one poor fellow being treated for pancreatic cancer & nurses going round to the rough sleepers doing blood tests to monitor their health. This blight on UK society along with food banks & the indiscriminate victimisation of universal credit must be priorities during the life of this parliament.

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Well, seems Corbyn will sort all this out - he's now promising (if he gets to No10), to repeal the 19thC law that criminalises rough sleeping, which would imo, actually normalise it.  Surely a more constructive approach would be to criminalise the lack of shelter provision by LAs and Gov ?

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Apart from being a national disgrace that people in 21st century Britain are so far in poverty to have to sleep rough , you would expect local authorities to be only too keen to get rough sleepers off the streets to boost the image of their town or city. It would be much better to give these people somewhere safe & comfortable to sleep to avoid unnecessary trouble from yobs & possible hospital  treatment. Britain needs a safety net against such hardship & solving the problem should probably be a cross party issue.

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Walking up Bridge Street yesterday evening there seemed more rough sleepers than ever - all asking for money.

Some seemed stoned/drunk - do they really think they are going to get hand outs to fuel their habits - and they are detracting from those in real need!

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15 hours ago, Gary said:

Walking up Bridge Street yesterday evening there seemed more rough sleepers than ever - all asking for money.

Some seemed stoned/drunk - do they really think they are going to get hand outs to fuel their habits - and they are detracting from those in real need!

Strangely they all appear to be of working age.

As a child the only rough sleepers in Warrington that I recall, were people who seemed to be over 60.Maybe casualties of post war syndrome.?

Those on Bridge st  these days seem around 20/30 and fully able(with a bit of help) to get a job and make a life for themselves.

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