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US News The photo that sums up the imbalance of wealth in Britain

03:30  30 november  2019
03:30  30 november  2019 Source:   uk.news.yahoo.com

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A photo that shows the imbalance between Britain’s richest and poorest people has gone viral on Facebook - and generated awareness of homelessness at Christmas.

Posted in the Facebook group ‘Sh*t London’, Cliff Judson’s breathtaking snapshot shows the plush and extravagant display outside House of Fraser’s flagship store on London’s Oxford Street - while homelessness in the capital is on the increase.

The 43-year-old Londoner was aiming to highlight poverty at Christmas time, when there are more visible signs of inequality.

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Mr Jusdon’s startling image, posted on Wednesday, was captioned: “For me, this sums up how sh*t London can really be.

“The glitz and glamour, sparkly twinkly lights, whilst lots of money changes hands as Christmas spending dominates right about now, and homeless people are around the back in tents in torrential rain. There’s a hugely polar opposite situation going on right there! It sucks!”

At the time of writing, his post received more than 2,100 reactions and shared nearly 1,000 times - and generated a debate about homelessness and commercialisation in the process.

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Speaking to Yahoo News UK, Mr Judson, who works as a contract engineer for Transport for London (TfL), says he had watched inequality in the capital rise.

He said: “As the shop lights and buildings get brighter and taller, the dark places and hidden areas become more and more populated with the homeless.

“Shop doors are filling up at night in many areas and yet the wealth of the richer people is more on display with super cars and technology than ever.

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“I do stop and chat to homeless people whilst I’m working, it takes seconds to show you care.”

“The post started with a conversation with my friend Tony who owns the coffee shop, the whole injustice of Christmas and the commercial aspect. I decided to try and make a difference.

I’m over the moon, this is honestly one of my proudest life moments. One photo, a few words... a huge debate sparked.

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“Never ever did I expect such a response and importantly the amount of shares it’s had has blown my mind.”

Homelessness continues to be a growing problem across the UK.

According to a Shelter report in 2018, at least 320,000 people are homeless in Britain.

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In October, data collated by the Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN) shows 3,985 people slept rough across the capital from July to September 2019.

The figure amounted to a 28 per cent increase on the same period last year.

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