a rise in the number of people sleeping rough, from 1,768 in autumn 2010 to 2,181 in autumn 2011 – an increase of 23%
London, the south east and the south west have the highest levels of street homelessness, while the north east has the lowest.
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.’
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