The empty doorway: the people behind Britain’s homeless statistics – podcast

Homeless people are dying on Britain’s streets in record numbers. It is a crisis that shows itself in towns and cities across the country and its causes and solutions are complex and varied.

The Guardian’s Simon Hattenstone and Daniel Lavelle have been investigating homelessness for months and pieced together the lives of nine people who died this year. They tell Anushka Asthana that cuts to local services have hit hard and the problems of addiction, domestic abuse, mental health and family breakdown all intersect in ways that can overwhelm charities and support networks.

As Britain prepares to vote in a potentially era-defining general election, the national homelessness crisis has barely featured in the campaign.

Also today: Haroon Siddique on the divisive and sectarian campaign targeting some of Britain’s Hindu voters via WhatsApp.

A homeless man sleeps in central London on a concrete bench with his belongings in a transparent bin liner



Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

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