The number of people sleeping rough in England fell for the first time in eight years between 2017-18 – but experts across the homelessness sector, including The Big Issue, have insisted there is still a long way to go to tackle the root causes of homelessness.

While the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government figures show there were 74 (two per cent) fewer rough sleepers than in 2017, meaning there were 4,677 people on the streets last autumn, the same data show that homelessness continues to rise in London, Yorkshire and the Midlands.

The number of rough sleepers is still 165 per cent higher than when the Tories came to power, initially as part of a coalition government, in 2010.

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