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Rugby in top ten for number of rough sleepers

March 4, 2019 6:48 PM
By Rugby Lib Dems

St Andrews Church in Rugby (April 2015)On 26 February 2019, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, released figures showing that Rugby was one of the top ten local authorities in England with the largest increases in the number of people sleeping rough between Autumn 2017 and Autumn 2018.

The total number of rough sleepers recorded in a single night in Rugby went from 6 in 2017 to 32 in 2018, a rise of 26 and a 433% change.

The release presents national summary statistics on rough sleeping using information collected by local authorities in England between 1 October and 30 November 2018.

Commenting on the figures, Councillor Tim Douglas, said:

"Whilst rough sleeping street counts and estimates are single night snapshots of the number of people sleeping rough, it's alarming to see Rugby named in the top ten local authorities with the largest increases of rough sleepers. We need a robust strategy at local and national level to support individuals who find themselves on the streets which tackles budgeting, health and well-being, work, mentoring and housing needs."

Rough sleeping in England: Autumn 2018

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/rough-sleeping-in-england-autumn-2018