The number of rough sleepers has increased by 37% since 2010
- 25 Feb
Official statistics show that the number of rough sleepers is up by a third since 2010.
Figures from the Communities and Local Government have revealed that there were 2,414 rough sleepers 5% rise from the previous year. Since Autumn 2010 the number of rough sleepers has increased by 37%.
The number of rough sleepers in London decreased by 3% this year, however data released by homelessness charity Crisis and Joseph Roundtree Foundation found that rough sleeping had increased by 60% in December, reports Inside Housing.
Welfare reform and funding cuts have been the main driver in most areas with an increase reveals Homeless Link.
Rick Henderson, chief executive of the umbrella body, said: "Any increase in rough sleeping is bad news, but we are encouraged that homelessness services been able to contain this issue that is so damaging to people and communities. This has been possible because many local authorities have understood the essential nature of these services and attempted to protect funding, despite facing increasing financial pressure. Our own research shows that rough sleepers are getting help more quickly and fewer are ending back up on the streets. However, without this essential help in place, rough sleeping can quickly spiral out of control."
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