Rough sleeping in Hastings hits record high in 2017

Shadow housing secretary John Healey said the figures were'shameful and a shocking indictment of Tory policy

The number of people sleeping rough in England has increased for the seventh year in a row, new figures reveal.

The Government's official annual street count found that on a given night in autumn past year 4,751 people were recorded sleeping rough. The data is an estimate based on counts by support workers, police, charities and church groups who reported to local authorities.

The rest of England recorded a 14% rise.

CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat called the rise in rough sleeping "staggering" and said it provided "a stark demonstration of our national housing crisis". We have already initiated a City Conversation on rough sleeping, and we will be working with our partners, people and organisations with an interest in ending street homelessness to help achieve this vision.

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While Crisis welcomes the Government's commitment to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and end it by 2027, it is urging it to take immediate action through its Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Taskforce to tackle this emergency situation and help the thousands of people forced to sleep in risky conditions every single night.

Shelter CEO, Polly Neate, commented: "Most of these people are homeless simply because they couldn't afford to live anywhere, a situation made worse by welfare cuts. To do that, the government must act to build a new generation of genuinely affordable homes to rent, as well as ensuring housing benefit is fit for goal in the short-term". This marks a 169% increase since reporting began in 2010.

In 2010 just four people were classed as rough sleepers in the city. Oxford is lucky to have a range of fantastic services dedicated to getting rough sleepers off the streets, and a caring and tolerant population which wants to help homeless people. Prevention is key and that's where we hope the Homelessness Reduction Act will make more of an impact, alongside support for those at risk of returning to the streets, such as hostels and new initiatives like Housing First. In Eccles, homeless people have taken refuge in an empty office building owned by Peel Holdings.* They face a possession order hearing in court next Monday.

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