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    the use of a hose to clean areas such as doorways that are used by homeless people to sleep in

    This report is wrong when it states that Westminster has adopted hot washing as a strategy to make certain areas inhospitable for people sleeping rough.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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