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.
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.
Source: Source: DCLG, Rough sleeping Statistics
The Government’s figures show rough sleeping has increased by 37% from 2010 to 2013.
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.
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