Homelessness rises by almost a third
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) annual report shows the number of people sleeping rough in England shot up by 30% over the course of 2015.
The figures indicate that an estimated 3,569 people slept rough in England on an average night in 2015, up from 2,744 in 2014.
This is the fifth successive year in which the number of people sleeping rough has risen. Since 2010, when the first rough sleeper count took place, the number of people sleeping rough has more than doubled.
However, it’s likely that these statistics significantly underestimate the number of homeless people. They are based on a snapshot rough sleeping count on a given night, or local authority estimates and they do not take into account the ‘hidden homeless’, such as those who are sofa surfing.
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