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Crisis welcomes rough sleeper count reform

Leslie Morphy, Chief Executive of Crisis, said: "Crisis has always said that the system for counting rough sleepers had flaws and did not give a full account of either rough sleeping or wider homelessness so we welcome the announcement that the system will be reformed.

"Homelessness is about much more than the lack of a roof and requires concerted action across Government to ensure rough sleepers and homeless people get the healthcare, skills, training and employment opportunities they need as well as everything being done to prevent people becoming homeless, so we also warmly welcome the establishment of a new-cross Government Committee with Ministers in 8 Departments focused on the issue.

"It will be vital, however, to ensure that both Government and local authorities provide the resources to back-up this new commitment and that the right services are delivered on the ground and are not cut. We also believe the Coalition should agree with both the previous Government and the Conservative Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and commit to ending rough sleeping by 2012."

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