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Minister for Homelessness - 'Even those with chaotic lives can get help to pay their rent on time'

Organisations working to support homeless people say the government needs a 'joined up approach' to tackle the issue.

Some believe government policy, such as Universal Credit is forcing more people out of their homes and onto the streets.

Our political reporter Hannah Miller has been to see some people being supported and the charities who say they are being thwarted by the system, endlessly left on the line, while trying to help organise benefits.

Hannah asks the Minister for Homelessness what needs to be done to tackle the issue, long term.



Donated socks used to fight trench foot in homeless people

Sock shop Credit: Sock shop

The Bolton based retailer the Sock Shop has donated 20 thousand pairs of socks to a homeless charity to help combat trench foot.

The Manchester homeless charity Barnabus says the painful condition is common amongst people living on the streets as it's difficult for them to keep their feet dry. A chiropody clinic was set up at their drop-in centre to offer treatment.

Alison Hepworth is the Beacon Centre manager.

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