A report by MPs on the Public Accounts Committee has accused the government of being "unacceptably complacent" over rising levels of homelessness.
It says the limited action taken has lacked the urgency that is so badly needed and that the “light touch” approach to working with local authorities tackling homelessness has clearly failed.
Carshalton & Wallington MP Tom Brake commented:
“This damning report exposes the Government’s failure to protect the most vulnerable in society.
“Soaring levels of homelessness have meant even many people in work are now finding themselves on the streets or in temporary accommodation.
“The complacency ministers are showing on this issue is totally unacceptable and must come to an end.
“Instead of passing the buck to local authorities, the Government must take responsibility for ending rough sleeping and building the truly affordable homes the country needs.”