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by administrator @, Monday, October 31, 2011, 17:31

Homelessness is on the rise among young people and women, according to Homeless Link.

Jenny Edwards, chief executive of Homeless Link, warned there was a noticeable rise in the number of young people sleeping rough which could be explained by the economic climate and cuts in Government spending.

In an interview with the Guardian, she said: "Tensions in families who are coming under economic pressures, parents being more called to account for the behaviour of their older children, and the withdrawal of the education maintenance allowance are some of the reasons why teenagers could be leaving home in greater numbers with nowhere to go."

The charity had recently reported a rise in the number of women using homelessness services, she added: "We're not sure why that is, but there is a big shortage of services for [them]."

Against a steep rise in demand for services, she explained, that 68 per cent of Homeless Link members have experienced cuts to their services which eventually leads to people being turned away.

Homeless Link recently called on councils to adopt a "No second night out" standard so that new rough sleepers can get help quickly.

A three-month pilot in inner London has showed promising results with almost 70 per cent of new rough sleepers being found accommodation.

Ms Edwards said: "The reason we still have rough sleeping is that we'd never dealt early enough with the different problems people have that makes them sleep rough."

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