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Friday 18 September: Statement from Hull City Council: Tent City - 18/11/16
""The removal of the encampment at the Queens Gardens Rose Bowl has been concluded peacefully. The Council deals with the plight of homeless people and those sleeping rough on a daily basis.

""Every month, over 50 individuals, including families, approach Hull City Council concerned that they face becoming homeless and we are able to assist the vast majority to remain living in suitable accommodation. Only a very small proportion of people go on to be homeless or sleep rough.

""The personal reasons people end up sleeping rough are complex and there is no simple solution to the problem, but the Council will continue to work together with our strong network of partner organisations to support these vulnerable people.

""No one needs to sleep rough in Hull and there is sufficient accommodation available. Our partners provide first class accommodation services and their staff are on hand to provide continuous support. Throughout the protest hostel places were found for those that wanted them.

""In light of the complex problems of many of the rough sleepers the Council considers that hostel accommodation along with appropriate support services is the best way to help those with chaotic lifestyles to get back on their feet and the chance of a sustainable future.

""In one of our last conversations with the 'Tent City' organisers, they recognised that, for the vast majority of people encamped on the Rose Bowl, hostel accommodation was the most appropriate form of accommodation to support them at this difficult time of their lives.

""The Rose Bowl is now set to be the centre stage of the Christmas lights, and this morning four Christmas trees are being erected.""

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