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Homeless man found dead outside Westminster tube station

Council hopes to help homelessness with voluntary tax scheme

16 February, 2018 — By Tom Foot

A homeless person in Westminster 

A HOMELESS man was found dead outside Westminster tube station on Wednesday.

He was discovered in the underpass of the station where many homeless people sleep overnight. Temperatures had plunged to almost freezing on one of the coldest nights of the year.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was among those who left a card of condolence in  a memorial set up in the underpass.

There were 217 people sleeping on the streets of Westminster at the last count.

In the same week, Westminster Council has been promoting a “voluntary tax” on the borough’s wealthiest residents to help young and homeless people.

Officials said they would write to those living in the most expensive properties asking them to make an extra voluntary contribution. Council tax rates in Westminster are among the lowest in the country.

But letters will be sent to homeowners in the highest council tax bracket – band H – ask- ing them to pay an extra £833.

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