Helping the homeless

Many people begging in Buckinghamshire have mental health issues or substance dependencies – either alcohol or drugs. There is overwhelming evidence that people who beg on the streets do so in order to buy drugs or alcohol to support their addiction and while they can do this they do not engage fully with the services that are available to help them make a positive change to their lives.

Living on the streets can lead to a severe deterioration in a person’s health and wellbeing – and even death. The life expectancy of a rough sleeper is significantly reduced; to between 42 and 47 years old, depending on gender.

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