Rough sleeping in England rises by 16%
Charities and government must work together as rough sleeping rises at 'appalling rate'
New government statistics have shown that 4,134 people slept rough across England on any given night in 2016 - a 16% increase compared to the previous year.
Responding, Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, said:
“The number of people sleeping on our streets continues to rise at an appalling rate. Behind these statistics are thousands of desperate people, sleeping in doorways, bin shelters, stations and parks – anywhere they can find to stay safe and escape the elements.
“Rough sleeping ruins lives, leaving people vulnerable to violence and abuse, and taking a dreadful toll on their mental and physical health. Our recent research has shown how rough sleepers are 17 times more likely to be victims of violence. This is no way for anyone to live.
“There is no time to waste. We need the Government to take action on this issue, and we stand ready to work with officials to plan and deliver an ambitious new approach. The Government has already shown leadership on plans to expand homelessness prevention, and in light of today’s figures, we hope they will now extend this approach to helping those on the street. It’s time we came together to put an end to this scandal – Government, local authorities and charities.”