A new report reveals that the overall number of homeless households in England has increased by about 40 percent over the past six years, highlighting that homelessness is a growing crisis across the UK.
The report, released by the Department of Communities and Local Government, says that from 2010 to 2016, the number of households accepted as being homeless went up from 42,000 to 60,000.
But the increase in homelessness was disproportionately high for the most vulnerable, including those with mental illness and physical disability.
Homelessness increased 53 percent for the mentally ill and 49 percent for those with physical disability.
There was also a sharp rise in the number of homeless households with vulnerable children, up from 25,350 in 2010 to 41,010, an increase of 62 percent.
Britain has been pushing painful austerity measures since 2010 to cap its budget deficit, targeting key benefits helping the homeless.
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