Rough sleeping

Rough sleeping is the most visible form of homelessness, yet also one of the most difficult to measure. Details are presented below of two of the ways in which attempts are made to quantify the scale of the problem.

Rough sleeping

Rough sleeping Statistics – new guidance

In September 2010, new guidance was issued for evaluating the extent of rough sleeping. Whereas under previous guidance Local Authorities (LAs) were required to carry out street counts where they estimated there were more than 10 rough sleepers in their area, this is no longer the case. However, all LAs which do not carry out counts are required to submit an estimate of the number of people sleeping rough on a typical night, and these are summed together.

Rough sleeping – Government statistics

Rough Sleepers2010201120122013

Source: Source: DCLG, Rough sleeping Statistics

The Government’s figures show rough sleeping has increased by 37% from 2010 to 2013.

Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN)

The Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN), is a database used by agencies in London working with people who are rough sleeping or engaging in other street activities that cause concern in communities and need a welfare response, for example begging, drinking or using drugs.

Number of people seen rough sleeping in London

YearAll rough sleepersNew contacts

Source: CHAIN

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