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Those are the words of IH and the invitation is to join the discussion. There doesn't appear to be instructions that people have to be factually correct, proffer solutions or take orders/answer questions from other posters.
I refer to the 'instructions' or lack of them to justify (wrong word) my comments below in case anyone wants to challenge what I say for whatever reason --
-- it has been suggested to me that some people just can't abide me contributing and see me as a target for their amusement/bullying/whatever ...
--- not an opinion I readily subscribe to.
That will allow some posters to come on here and say something akin to "They choose to live rough" or some such claptrap. That said, I refer to an individual below who has chosen to ‘camp out’ so perhaps he doesn’t count as a rough sleeper as such.
Personally, I am surprised the number is so low and I suspect there are a number who will have escaped 'detection'.
Ten years or so ago, it was felt there were no rough sleepers in the borough -- I don't know the exact figures nowadays (the borough having vanished) but anecdotal evidence points to there being at least 3 rough sleepers in the immediate township alone (including a chap who 'camps out' in a large wooden box in a dugout in a field).
The old borough contained two constituencies with 7 main areas of population and a number of villages covering 202 square miles -- the incumbent MP in one of those constituencies lives in Downing Street (rent free by the way) -- so there's no solutions going to be coming from him.
The only solution I can proffer is there should be more accommodation to rent at a price that can be afforded and where there are rough sleepers there should be humanitarian facilities on offer.
There's not really a lot of humanity about (if these threads are anything to go by) nowadays, apparently.