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"Urgent action" needed to combat Liverpool's rising number of rough sleepers

The number of rough sleepers has risen sharply in past decade Credit: Press Association

A new report claims the government is failing rough sleepers in Liverpool.

It calls for a reform of benefits policy and more communication between street teams.

However, the paper has not been welcomed by some of the voluntary groups which provide mobile street kitchens for vulnerable people.

Michelle Langan from Papercup and Andy Donegan from the Anon Street Team say the report doesn't go far enough.

But Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson, who commissioned the report, says the groups need to work together with the city council and other agencies.

The report also found that the scale and public perception of the issue has been inflated by the numbers of people begging who actually have somewhere to live.

Co-author Simon Whitter, a former rough sleeper himself, says urgent action is needed to tackle the problem: