Published: 14th Mar 2019

Macclesfield On a windy afternoon in Macclesfield last winter, NewStart saw two tents billowing outside a shop – a jarring sight on the high street of a relatively affluent market town. When it comes to homelessness in the UK, much of the focus and outcry has understandably always been on the country’s biggest cities. Yet market towns across the country have also seen a sharp rise in homelessness. But why has the safety net been removed in these places and what is being done to help? Fraught with difficulties One such market town struggling with homelessness is the town of Wellingborough, nestled in the East Midlands county of Northamptonshire. A growing commuter town, Wellingborough was recently identified by housing charity Shelter as having one of England’s highest homelessness rates, ranking 47th with 1 in 200 of its population homeless, the highest rate in the East Midlands … (To read the full article, subscribe below)