Statement on national rough sleeping figures

Tory Britain: Number of people sleeping rough reaches highest level since records began

Tory Britain: Number of people sleeping rough reaches highest level since records began

New government figures on rough sleeping released today show that in Autumn 2017, 4,751 people were rough sleeping in England - a 15% increase in a year, and a 169% increase since 2010 when the figures first started being recorded- this is the highest number yet.

"Rough sleeping homeless is now nearly 170-per-cent higher on what it was in 2010, and the Government needs to start thinking about this as a crisis and they need to address that in a cohesive way". This programme helps get people off the street and into accommodation and reduces the number of rough sleepers who develop further support needs.

The number of rough sleepers increased by 15 per cent in just one year, up 617 since autumn 2016.

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While Crisis welcomes the Government's commitment to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and end it by 2027, it is urging it to take immediate action through its Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Taskforce to tackle this emergency situation and help the thousands of people forced to sleep in risky conditions every single night.

Across Greater Manchester there has been a 40% increase in rough sleeping, in spite of promises by combined authority mayor Andy Burnham to end the problem by 2020. "To do that, the government must act to build a new generation of genuinely affordable homes to rent, as well as ensuring housing benefit is fit for goal in the short-term".

"And we know these figures are only a snapshot of what is actually a much more desperate situation".

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As the official figures rise, homeless people have taken matters into their own hands, occupying empty buildings and setting up D.I.Y. night shelters.

"Homelessness is not inevitable, it's about helping people who face housing, health and other complicated problems at the time they need it".

Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, 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 risky and freezing conditions".

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"This is a direct result of decisions made by Conservative Ministers: a steep drop in investment for affordable homes, crude cuts to housing benefit, reduced funding for homelessness services, and a refusal to help private renters".

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