Number of rough sleepers ‘falls by third’ under government initiative

The analysis comes just hours after the government’s own figures show that a household became homeless every four minutes last year.


As reported by 24housing earlier today (12th September), new statistics from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government revealed that a household became homeless every four minutes in England over the past year.

The MHCLG stats also revealed 56,440 aged 16 to 24 becoming homeless or threatened with homelessness during the same period.

Now, new analysis finds the numbers of people sleeping rough is around a third lower than predicted if the government’s Rough Sleeping Initiative had not been in place.

In August last year, the government unveiled its Rough Sleeping Strategy – backed by £100m – which sets out the next steps towards ending rough sleeping for good.

The report, released by government today estimates the impact of the initiative from its launch in March 2018 until autumn that year and takes account of a range of factors, including whether councils submitted estimates or counts in the official annual rough sleeping statistics.

It also accounts for the weather on the night that the data was collected and local housing and market conditions.

Welcoming the reports, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick MP said: “Since becoming Communities Secretary in July, I have been able to see first-hand the outstanding work taking place under the Rough Sleeping Initiative every single day to transform the lives of society’s most vulnerable – and these figures are proof that our strategy to end rough sleeping is working.

“But we must keep that momentum up, which is why we have committed a record investment to tackling homelessness and rough sleeping in the months ahead – ensuring progress continues to be made and people are given the help they need to turn their lives around.”

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