Rough Sleeping

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 30th March 2020.

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Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many rough sleepers there are in England.

Photo of Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

My Department’s latest official annual Rough Sleeping Snapshot Statistics published on 27 February 2020 provide information about the estimated number of people sleeping rough across local authorities in England on a single night in Autumn.

There were 4,266 people estimated to be sleeping rough across England on a single night in Autumn 2019. This is down by 411 people or 9% from last year and down 10% from the peak in 2017.

These statistics are available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/rough-sleeping-snapshot-in-england-autumn-2019.

This Government is clear that no one should be without a roof over their head. That is why we have committed to end rough sleeping by the end of this Parliament and to enforce the Homelessness Reduction Act.

In 2020/2021 the Government is providing £492 million to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping. This marks a £124 million increase in funding from the previous year and will go towards funding important programmes such as the Rough Sleeping Initiative, Homelessness Reduction Grant and Flexible Homelessness Support Grant.

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