Published: Sun, January 28, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Number of rough sleepers increases by 15% in a year

Number of rough sleepers increases by 15% in a year

Crisis has also published an evidence review undertaken by Cardiff University and Heriot-Watt University for the first time revealing the best evidence from here and around the world on what works to end rough sleeping.

The worst-hit authority was Westminster, where 217 people were found to be living outside of a home, although the number had dropped by 17% from 260.

Chief Executive of Crisis Jon Sparkes said, "It is truly a catastrophe that in a country as prosperous as this, more and more people are finding themselves forced to sleep in unsafe and freezing conditions, when we have evidence to show how the situation could be turned around".

The figures were compiled by counting the number of people sleeping outside and do not take into account squatters or those in hostels.

"Another big problem is people getting into rent arrears due to Universal Credit, causing misery across our city" she added "There needs to be money put into a 24 hour hub for homeless people to go for support, and a night shelter".

The rise to autumn 2017 is the seventh consecutive increase in rough sleeping, with the number of people affected having more than doubled since comparative records began in 2010.

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- There were 1,137 rough sleepers in London. 48% of this increase was due to increases reported by eight local authorities, including five with an Emmaus community in their area: Brighton and Hove, Medway, Oxford, Tameside (Mossley) and Salford.

This year's figures also show nearly one (0.94) in every 1,000 households in Hastings was sleeping rough during autumn 2017, above the national rate of 0.2 rough sleepers to every 1,000 households.

The rest of England recorded a 14% rise.

- Nationally, 20% of people sleeping rough were non-UK nationals.

This means that an estimated 4,751 people bedded down outside overnight a year ago, a figure which has nearly doubled since 2010. The report is, as a result, only an indication of the actual numbers of people sleeping rough each year.

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