The number of people sleeping rough in Britain has increased considerably, according to a report, as many blame government cuts to social services as a main reason.
In a Friday report, the Guardian said the problem of homelessness in the United Kingdom was being underestimated by the government, adding that thousands of people sleep rough every night in the country.
It said the number of British rough sleepers had increased by more than 57 percent since 2011, adding that a single charity had accommodated more than 9,000 people in last Christmas alone.
The report said authorities have mostly sought to downplay the acuteness of the crisis, adding that government agencies have strict rules to include people in their lists of rough sleepers and insist people living in encampments are not necessarily in the category.
The report, dubbed Tented Britain: rise in rough sleepers taking shelter under canvas, said encampments had become a feature of…