What is wrong with this countries government I ask when homeless people are being forced to live in caves as the UK’s housing crisis continues to spiral out of control.
An investigation has found people living in one of the worst hit areas of the UK for homelessness are using a network of sandstone caves to live in.
In Stockport, which has seen an increase of 42 per cent in the number of people unable to put a roof over their heads in the last year, up to four people at a time have been sleeping rough in the secret warren – perched on a 20ft precipice overhanging the Mersey – just yards from public view.
The caves are currently being used by the homeless including an Estonian man, who arrived a few weeks ago from the West Midlands.
But local shelter the Wellspring say they have been used by many others with nowhere else to go. The charity’s project manager, Jonathan Billings, says the number of people turning up each day for support has soared from around 60 or 70 to around 140 in the last three years.
He said there has been a particular surge in more middle class, affluent people who worked for years only to suddenly lose everything in the downturn. There has also been a marked rise in the number of homeless Eastern Europeans.
When will our government understand this is happening to not only immigrants but to people who are born and paid taxes for most of there life in the UK.