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Study estimates more people are sleeping rough than we thought [Image: E+].

The aggregate number of people sleeping rough in the UK today is around 100,000 – around 25 times the 4,100 that has been estimated, according to research by Heriot-Watt University.

That’s Tory Britain for you.

They don’t like building houses, you see. If they did, house prices would start to fall – leading to a “negative wealth effect” – a fall in consumer confidence meaning spending would drop, so demand for products would fall, so the economy would suffer.

But too few people own houses now, anyway – and a lot of property has been sold to overseas investors, meaning any profit from them goes abroad.

So the UK is in a double-bind. Building houses could help the problem of homelessness, but could harm the economy; not building might mean a prima facie economic growth, but where is the money going?

As we have a Tory government, they have decided to sit on their hands. Anybody without the wherewithal to buy a hugely expensive house is deemed not important enough to have one.

It’s as simple as that.

More than twice as many people are sleeping rough in Tory Britain as previously thought, a worrying new study on homelessness [has warned].

Analysis by academics at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh found 9,100 people are currently sleeping on the streets across Britain – more than double the 4,100 previous estimates suggested.

Their study warns a further 8,900 people are sleeping in tents, cars or public transport, more than 12,000 live in squats and a staggering 68,300 are sofa-surfing on friends’ couches.

And the study – carried out for homeless charity Crisis – predicts the number of rough sleepers will soar by three quarters over the next decade unless new action is taken by Government.

Read more: Twice as many people are sleeping rough in Tory Britain as we thought, alarming new study reveals

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