HOMELESSNESS is an exciting lifestyle choice and nothing to do with cutting benefits, the government has claimed.
After figures showed homelessness was up by 134 per cent, ministers said it was just people who hated being tied down to a house and loved being out in the fresh air.
Cabinet minister Denys Finch Hatton said: “The homeless are simply free spirits who enjoy exploring different places, never knowing where they’ll choose to lay their hat.
“One night they might stay in London’s glittering West End, the next they’ll visit the historic city of Bath. They’re like canal boat owners, but with a sleeping bag instead of a barge.
“People are choosing this great lifestyle and it’s nothing to do with stopping their benefits for six months if they’re five minutes late for a bullshit training scheme.
“Most homeless people have plenty of cash anyway, because they do odd jobs as they travel from village to village, or go hunting for buried treasure like Huckleberry Finn.”
Homeless person Roy Hobbs said: “The DWP told me I’ve been re-categorised as a ‘jolly vagabond’ and all I’m entitled to is some bread in a cloth on a stick.
“Apparently now I’ve got to roam Britain mending shoes and selling lucky heather.”