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Call for more houses after rise in homelessness

There's been a 6% rise in homelessness in the East of England in the past year Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The charity Crisis is calling on the government to fund more affordable homes after a further rise in homelessness in the East of England.

Crisis says government figures show that more than 5,000 households in the region were accepted as homeless in 2012/13, a rise of 6% on the previous year.

Leslie Morphy, chief executive of Crisis, said: “This rising tide of homelessness is a direct result of cuts to housing benefit with more to come yet at a time when there is a chronic lack of affordable housing and rents are rising."

"Ministers can and must do more. Their immediate priorities should be to use the Spending Review to rein in the destructive welfare cuts they have made and focus instead on building the homes Britain needs."

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Help for rough sleepers in Ipswich

With temperatures set to fall this week, Ipswich Borough Council is to re-activate its emergency beds scheme for rough sleepers from Wednesday. The Borough Council runs two emergency beds all year round for people in need but that provision is increased to 12 when temperatures drop sharply.

Beds are available on a first come, first served basis and also come with an offer of housing advice to see if trained staff can provide longer term help. The Council is working with local churches, which are also supplying a winter bed service for people in need.

Homeless man attacked

A homeless man is in hospital after being attacked by three men while he slept in a Cambridge doorway. Ian Matthews was kicked in the face and stamped on in Sussex Street early on Saturday morning. The 38-year-old was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital with serious facial injuries.

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Homeless camps in Northampton

It is thought up to three people could be living here. Credit: ITV Anglia

The UK Border Agency says it is working with Northampton Borough Council to deal with camps set up by homeless migrants in the town.

The latest encampment has been discovered on the site of the town's former power station.

It's thought up to three people could be living there - possibly from Eastern Europe.