It is, of course, traditional on today of all days to think about the predicament of the less fortunate. In light of this, the report produced by Crisis, a homeless charity, should be sobering for us all.
Of the 24,250 people facing a homeless Christmas according to the report, a full 25% are in London, which is a damming indictment of Sadiq Khan’s administration if ever there was one. Nationwide, the figures show about 12,300 people are sleeping rough on the streets, while nearly 11,950 are spending their nights in cars, trains, buses or tents.
Crisis chief executive Jon Sparkes said: “This situation simply cannot continue. We know homelessness can be ended. Earlier this year we set out the exact government policies that would end homelessness across Britain.”
Rough sleepers are 17 times more likely to be victims of violence and 15 times more likely to be verbally abused. It is perhaps worth noting that the true figure could be much higher as these things are notoriously difficult to accurately measure. Either way, the numbers have more than doubled since 2012: by 120 per cent, which should give every government minister pause for thought, today of all days.