Rough sleeping - our analysis

Our analysis of numbers and trends around people who sleep rough in England.

How many people sleep rough each night?

According to the latest figures, collected in the autumn of 2016 and published in January 2017, 4,134 people are estimated to be sleeping rough on any one night.

Is rough sleeping on the rise?

There was an increase of 16% from 2015 to 2016, while since 2010 rough sleeping estimates show an increase of 134%.

Which areas saw the biggest increases?

The East of England has seen the biggest percentage increase in rough sleeping since last year (44%). This is followed by the North West (42%), the  East  Midlands (23%) and the North East (18%), all of which have seen increases in rough sleeping above the national average. 

Rough sleeping 2016 analysis

On 25 January 2017 the Department for Communities and Local Government released the 2016 figures on levels of rough sleeping across England. These provide a snapshot of the number of people who sleep rough on any one night, based on counts or estimates carried out by local authorities. The following analysis provides a regional breakdown and identifies the areas which have seen the largest increases when compared with previous years.


Rough sleeping in London: analysis of CHAIN data

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Jennifer Harris

Jennifer Harris

Research officer

Jennifer is our research officer, planning and conducting qualitative and quantitative research projects to contribute to the evidence base around homelessness and to inform policy and service change. 

Telephone: 020 7840 4418

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