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'Bold action' needed to stop increase in homelessness as recession hits

The Salvation Army said the economic consequences of the pandemic will increase rough sleeping and force families into expensive and unsuitable temporary accommodation, like bed and breakfast, as local authorities struggle to manage rising homelessness levels with urban areas likely to be worst affected.

The report comes as the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that the economy shrank 20.4 per cent between April and June - plunging the UK into recession for the first time in 11 years.The charity has called for sustained investment to build on the “amazing progress” made on homelessness during the pandemic, a new approach to investment in homelessness and rough sleeping, and an increase in the supply of available homes.

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