On 25 February 2016 the Department for Communities and Local Government released the 2015 figures on levels of rough sleeping across England. These provide a snapshot of the number of people who sleep rough on any one night, based on counts or estimates carried out by local authorities. The following analysis provides a regional breakdown and identifies the areas which have seen the largest increases when compared with previous years.
Rough sleeping - our analysis
How many people sleep rough each night?
According to the latest figures, collected in the autumn of 2015 and published in February 2016, 3,569 people are estimated to be sleeping rough on any one night.
Is rough sleeping on the rise?
There was an increase of 30% from 2014 to 2015, while since 2010 rough sleeping estimates show an increase of 102%.
Which areas saw the biggest increases?
The South West has seen the biggest percentage increase in rough sleeping since last year (41%). This is followed by the East of England (38%), the South East (36%) and the West Midlands (34%), all of which have seen increases in rough sleeping above the national average.
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Rachel is the Research Officer for the Research team. Prior to joining Homeless Link she carried out research in a variety of fields, including alcohol use, ethnicity, young people and mental health, with a particular interest in marginalised groups.
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