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Last updated: 25 June 2024

In September 2022, the Government published their long-awaited rough sleeping strategy: “Ending rough sleeping for good”. It set out a clear and defined vision for ending rough sleeping: that it is prevented wherever possible, and where it does occur, it is rare, brief, and non-recurrent. But, how is success charted and progress measured against such a vision?

Over the past two years, Centre for Homelessness Impact (CHI) has worked collaboratively with local and national government to develop an ‘Ending Rough Sleeping Framework’. The first of the indicators were rolled out in summer 2023, and published later that year, and provided groundbreaking insight into the drivers behind the sudden increase in people sleeping rough.

Every local authority in England is now collecting eight key data points, tracking the extent to which rough sleeping is prevented or is otherwise rare, brief and non-recurring.

In May of this year, local authorities have begun collecting the full dataset, with new and detailed data on the number of people moving into accommodation every month, the number of nights each person sleeping rough nationwide was known to spend out, and on how many people are returning to the streets having previously moved into accommodation.

In this webinar we looked at the new Framework data and how it is helping respond to rough sleeping nationally and locally. We heard from the CHI, early adopter local authorities and DLUHC about their experience of designing and testing the Framework; a unique co-creation project, which brought together leaders from across sectors and provided the freedom to design, test, and roll out an ambitious data project at pace. Participants also had the opportunity to ask questions to deepen their understanding of this work and its implications for ending rough sleeping for good.