I took this photo on arriving at Southend and on our return to the car this young man was still in the same place. It was New Year’s Eve and absolutely freezing. I had a chat with him – he told me that he had been homeless for some time following falling into arrears with his rent. He admitted that he had not been as responsible as he should have been. However, I have been irresponsible many times but am fortunate enough to have had a strong safety net around me. Clearly he has not.