This statistical release, classified as experimental official statistics, was published on 17 February 2011.
This is a new statistical release presenting a new data series of rough sleeping counts and estimates following the introduction of revised guidance on evaluating the extent of rough sleeping in September 2010.
Rough sleeping counts and estimates are single-night snapshots of the number of people sleeping rough in local authority areas. Local authorities decide whether to carry out a count or an estimate based upon their assessment of whether the local rough sleeping problem justifies counting.
The main points from this release are:
- the autumn 2010 total of rough sleeping counts and estimates in England was 1,768
- all authorities in England provided a figure; the total comprises counts provided by 42 local authorities and estimates provided by 284 local authorities
- London, the South East and the South West had the highest number of rough sleepers with 415, 310 and 270 respectively; the North East had the lowest number with 49
A technical note has been published alongside the release setting out and explaining the differences between the autumn 2010 rough sleeping statistics and previously published figures on rough sleeping.