Our analysis of numbers and trends around people who sleep rough in England.
Rough sleeping - explore the data
The figures in the charts below are based on figures submitted annually by local authorities to the Department for Communities and Local Government. Some councils submit estimates based on local intelligence, while others submit figures based on an active count carried out on a single night. Some local authorities may have submited a mixture of counts and estimates over the years covered.
The counts and estimates process is not designed to arrive at a single irrefutable number of people sleeping rough - a figure that would be impossible to gauge accurately. Instead, it is a snapshot of the numbers of people likely to be sleeping rough each night during a given period each year, and which can subsequently be used to track trends nationally and locally.
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