According to the most recent researches, there are more than 24000 rough sleepers in the UK. Some of them stay in cars, trains or buses during the period of festivals.
Statistics released by the Ministry of Housing shows that the total number of people bedding down on the streets or in sheds by the end of 2018, is 4677 per night, based on estimates. It increased by 165% from 2010 (1768 in total), and some charities said that the latest figures might be underestimated.
As reported by the Guardian, welfare cuts, shortages and soaring rents of low-cost homes can’t catch up the rises in street sleeping.
London accounts for 27% of the total number of a rough sleeper in autumn in 2018, increasing from 24% of the total in 2017. Overall, there are 1283 people who were sleeping rough outside the buildings. It continuously becomes the region with the highest number of rough sleeper. The most significant increase is in the West Midlands, which is up by 42%, with the number of 434 people estimated to be sleeping rough in a single night.
“It’s a damning reflection of our society that night after night, so many people are forced to sleep rough on our streets — with numbers soaring in the capital — especially when we know that with the right commitment, rough sleeping could be ended for good,” the chief executive of the Crisis charity, Jon Sparkes, told the Guardian.
Comparing to Scotland and Wales, the rough sleeping increases are more apparent in England, at 120%. The numbers in Scotland have declined by 5% during these years.
The top ten local authorities with the highest amount of rough sleepers through England includes Westminster (306), Camden (141), Manchester (123), Birmingham (91), and so on.
Among the ten local authorities with the largest growth, it accounts for 35% of the total increase. Comparing between local authorities, it should be considered that there are lots of factors which might influence the number of people sleeping rough, such as the weather, the place where people choose to sleep, as well as the date and time which are chosen.
Rough sleeping remains as trouble in the neighbourhood. Night by night, numbers of people sleeping in open air locations or places like tens, cars and makeshift shelters. What’s more, the rough sleeping figures might become a renewed concern about the risks of sleeping outside.
According to statistics from the Office for National Statistics, nearly 600 people died on the streets or in temporary accommodation in England and Wales in 2017.
The English Housing Survey also revealed that over a million people leaving in rented homes are protracted overcrowding. It is found that some households in social housing were overcrowded for a long time, one of them lasts for 25 years.
“This situation simply cannot continue. While the Scottish government has taken the first step in announcing a plan to eradicate homelessness, full implementation cannot come soon enough, ”Jon Sparkes, the chief executive of Crisis, told the Guardian.
Homeless people remain as a long-term problem in the UK. However, it still needs more time to be solved.
The Local Government Association told the Guardian: “Many councils are struggling to cope with rising homelessness and to find suitable accommodation for those in need. The increasing use of temporary accommodation is not only financially unsustainable for councils but is hugely disruptive for those families placed in such accommodation.”
It is reported recently that the Bristol council has set the aim to eliminate rough sleeping by 2027. It has expressed its hope to “prevent young people from becoming homeless.”
“One of the main challenges we face in meeting the needs of homeless households is the shortage of affordable housing in Bristol and specifically private rented accommodation affordable to people on housing benefit,” the councillor said.