Number of rough sleepers increase by 30 per cent

New figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have found that the number of people sleeping rough in England has increased by 30 per cent over the past year.

The statistics identified a total of 3,569 rough sleepers, an increase on last year’s figure which was estimated at 2,744. The DCLG described the figures as ‘single night snapshots’.

The figures showed that London accounted for 26 per cent of the total, with Westminster councils having the highest incidence of rough sleeping, followed by Bristol, Brighton and Hove, Manchester and Cornwall.

Homelessness Minister Marcus Jones said nobody should ever have to sleep rough and that a £5 million ‘social impact bond’ was in place to help people with mental health problems or addiction move off the streets.

He commented: ”We have protected homelessness prevention funding and expect local authorities to provide quality advice and assistance to all those that approach them for help.”