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Homelessness: sleeping rough in the countryside

The number of homeless people in the UK who’ve died while sleeping out on the streets or in temporary accommodation has more than doubled over the last five years, according to new figures compiled by the Guardian. The newspaper discovered on average one death a week last year. And that’s not a tragedy confined to big cities. Other research suggests the number of people sleeping rough in the countryside has risen by up to 32% in the past five years, and charities say focusing policy on urban areas won’t help.

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