9% reduction in rough sleeping according to government stats

9% reduction in rough sleeping according to government stats

10:58 AM, 24th March 2022, About 3 months ago 3

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The annual rough sleeping statistics, published 24 February 2022, show that rates have fallen for a fourth year in a row with a 9% reduction in rough sleeping compared to last year. Numbers have fallen in every region of England, taking levels to an 8-year low overall.

The number of people in emergency accommodation has also nearly halved, with more people securing long-term homes.

Rough Sleeping and Housing Minister Eddie Hughes MP said: “The government remains focused on ending rough sleeping by the end of this parliament and we’re making excellent progress towards this.

“Today’s figures are testament to that, showing our investment is helping more people have a roof over their heads and the best possible chance of turning their lives around.”

£800 million has been invested this year alone to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping, with £2 billion committed over the next 3 years.

This includes providing 6,000 long-term homes through the £433 million Rough Sleeping Accommodation Programme and up to £52 million for rehab and detox services for people with drug or alcohol issues.

The government has committed to publishing its Rough Sleeping strategy, to set out a plan for how it will continue its work to end rough sleeping by ensuring rough sleeping is prevented in the first instance, and responded to effectively in the rare cases where it occurs.

Today’s Annual rough sleeping snapshot measures the number of people sleeping rough on a single night in autumn 2021.



Comments

Chris Bradley

10:17 AM, 25th March 2022, About 3 months ago

I'm not sure this is the case as there are long term rough campers popping up in our local woods, they have just moved the homeless out of sight

Grumpy Doug

13:51 PM, 25th March 2022, About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Chris Bradley at 25/03/2022 - 10:17
Chris - glad it's just not just me thinking that. I played golf the other day and smacked a ball into the woods. Stunned to find half a dozen tents in there when I went to find the ball. Shocking

Helen

14:38 PM, 25th March 2022, About 3 months ago

How can this be when there is such a backlog of affordable housing being built, councils with nowhere to house people and rental properties becoming harder to find and rents going up?

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