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Mapped out: This graph shows the increase in the number of rough sleepers in the UK since the Conservatives took office.

The Conservatives have been caught lying about the number of people sleeping rough in the UK.

They said fewer people were sleeping rough now than when Labour left office in 2010; in fact there has been a 169 per cent increase.

The Tories have a flagship policy to eliminate rough sleeping by 2027, and have announced an increase in funding of £100 million to achieve this aim.

… Except none of this is new money. Half had already been committed to the policy, and the rest had been “reprioritised” from other existing budgets.

The Conservative government is doing what it always does – trying to fool you that the poor are better-off than the evidence shows. Meanwhile, their policies continue to ruin lives across the UK.

[Communities Secretary James Brokenshire’s Parliamentary Private Secretary falsely claimed on the BBC’s Westminster Hour that] the number of rough sleepers is now lower than it was when the Tories came to power.

“That number is by the way lower than it was when the last labour government left office in 2010,” he said.

He admitted the figure had gone up in the last year, but claimed: “In recent years it’s been rising but it’s still lower than it was when Labour left office.”

This is untrue.

According to government figures, the number of people sleeping rough was estimated at around 1,768.

The most recent estimate for 2017 was 4,751 – a total estimated increase of 169% since the Tories came to power.

Source: Tory minister admits none of £100 million ‘boost’ for rough sleeping is new money – Mirror Online

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