On 25 January 2018, the Department for Communities and Local Government released the 2017 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 2017 and published in January 2018, 4,751 people are estimated to be sleeping rough on any one night.
Is rough sleeping on the rise?
There was an increase of 15% from 2016 to 2017, while since 2010 rough sleeping estimates show an increase of 169%.
Which areas saw the biggest increases?
In 2017, the North West of England saw the biggest percentage increase in rough sleeping since last year (39%). This is followed by the East Midlands (23%) and Yorkshire and the Humber (20%).
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