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Cornwall's 'Homelessness Timebomb'

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 23rd June 2012.

Pirate FM has learnt the number of Cornish families being made homeless has shot up by a quarter in a year.

Almost 650 asked for help in 2011.

Duncan Shrubsole is from charity Crisis.

He reckons we need more homes and a halt to benefit cuts:

"Unemployment rising, people struggling to pay their rent and then on top of that the government cuts to housing benefit are making it really hard for people on low incomes, whether that's in work or out of work, to keep a roof over their heads. So, the danger is that this is the start of things getting bad rather than the start of the end"

"In the towns and in the rural areas of Cornwall it's vital that there is housing for people that are often on low wages, often  priced out of the housing market, stuck with family and friends sofa surfing or at worse homeless"

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