Rough Sleeping

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the number of rough sleepers who have been found dead in public places in each year for which such information is available.

Photo of Heather Wheeler Heather Wheeler Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

My Department does not collect data on deaths in public places of people sleeping rough in England. The death of any rough sleeper is a tragedy. That is why this Government has committed to halving rough sleeping by 2022 and eliminating it altogether by 2027. We have announced a new Rough Sleeping and Homelessness Reduction Taskforce, chaired by the Secretary of State, which will drive forward the implementation of a cross-Government strategy to tackle this issue.

We have allocated over £1 billion through to 2020 to prevent and reduce all forms of homelessness including piloting a Housing First approach for some of the most entrenched rough sleepers.

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