This statistical release, classified as experimental official statistics, was published on 23 February 2012.
This is the second annual statistical release 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 2011 total of rough sleeping counts and estimates in England was 2,181
- this is up 413 (23%) from the autumn 2010 total of 1,768
- all 326 local housing authorities in England provided a figure; the total comprises counts provided by 53 local authorities and estimates provided by 273 local authorities
- London, the South East and the South West had the highest number of rough sleepers with 446, 430 and 337 respectively; the North East had the lowest number with 32
The release also includes a breakdown by nationality of rough sleepers in London in 2010 to 2011, as recorded on the Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN) database by London-based homeless charity Broadway.