Published: 29 December 2014
Latest Government statistics have shown a rise of 23% in street homelessness in England, between autumn 2010 and autumn 2011.
The Rough Sleeping Statistics report, which includes figures from all 326 local housing authorities in England, shows:
The figures are based on counts - or estimates - provided by each local authority.
Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: ‘As a nation we should be ashamed of today’s figures showing a 23% rise in rough sleeping.
‘These figures are just the tip of the homelessness iceberg, with many more people hidden from view and moving from sofa to sofa in desperate need of a home to call their own.
‘And tens of thousands of children are growing up in temporary accommodation, including hostels and bed and breakfasts, deprived of a decent start in life.
The only way Government can tackle this national scandal is with bold, urgent action to address the long-term causes of homelessness, alongside efforts to get people off the streets.’