A Freedom of Information request submitted by the Green Party shows that the cost of tackling homelessness, including paying for temporary accommodation, staff and other services cost Hackney Council £3,092,255 in 2009 to 2010.

But this figure jumped to more than double, at £7,167,440 in 2014 to 2015.

Over the same period of time, spending on staff was cut from £3,239,653 to £2,608,491.

Reported by the Hackney Gazette. You can read the full story here. 

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