Rough sleepers in England a travesty says CIEH

Publication Date: 26th January 2017

Subject: Housing

Following the publication of DCLG’s annual statistical release evaluating the extent of rough sleeping, Tony Lewis, Head of Policy at CIEH, said: 

“In a modern, developed and wealthy country in the 21 Century, it is an absolute travesty that we have even one rough sleeper in England. The fact that the rate has risen in the past year is clear evidence of system failure and that more needs to be done to help get rough sleepers off the streets and prevent anyone becoming homeless in the first place.

“The private rented sector has been used by local authorities to provide accommodation for the homeless but this sector is already under immense pressure as there is not enough properties to match demand and we now know that local authorities are, even now, proposing significant cuts to homeless provision.

“Local authorities must also ensure premises allocated to house homeless persons must first be inspected by qualified people to make sure that there are no significant hazards present as their safety should be of the utmost importance.”


Notes to editors 

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Link to DCLG’s statistics:  

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