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Homelessness has surged for seven years. And it’s clear who’s to blame | John Harris

The Tories’ ruinous policies have seen rough sleeping soar. And universal credit will pile on the misery for thousands more

From the knuckles upwards, at least three of his fingers were missing. Frostbite last winter, he said. Some of his toes had gone too. Someone had found him unconscious with hypothermia, and he had spent months in hospital before once again living on the street. He said he needed £17 for a one-night stay in a hostel: I gave him a fiver and some cigarettes, and we talked some more.

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