Statement on national rough sleeping figures

A homeless person sleeps rough near Windsor Castle Berkshire

Across England, the figures also reached their highest total since modern records began at 4,751, up 15% from 2016.

The number of people sleeping rough in England has increased for the seventh year in a row, new figures reveal.

The number of rough sleepers increased by 15 per cent in just one year, up 617 since autumn 2016. Eleven reported decreases and 3 reported no change in the number of rough sleepers since 2016. Rough sleeping rose 14% on average across the country, and 18% in London.

Charity Homeless Link said the homelessness figures amounted to a 73 per cent rise in rough sleeping over the past three years. We have already initiated a City Conversation on rough sleeping, and we will be working with our partners, people and organisations with an interest in ending street homelessness to help achieve this vision.

Labour's shadow housing secretary, John Healey, branded the figures as "shameful" and "a bad reminder of the consequences of a Conservative Government".

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Campaigners have described the rise as a "catastrophe" following continual rises since 2010, urging that evidence shows how the problem can be fixed and calling on the Government to take "swift action" to tackle the problem.

In a statement, chief executive Rick Henderson said: 'We echo the view of the cross-party MPs of the Public Accounts Committee: this rise in rough sleeping is appalling, with a saddening growth in the number of people without a safe place to stay, and at risk of deteriorating mental and physical health.

"Our research has shown how rough sleepers are 17 times more likely to be victims of violence".

The Government has announced it is investing £1bn pounds in a commitment to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and end it by 2027.

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