The release replaces the original version published on 6 February 2013. It includes rates of rough sleeping per thousand households on page 3 and in the map on page 4 that have been revised so as to be consistent with the rates for 2012 published in the statistical release for autumn 2013. No revisions have been made to numbers of rough sleepers.
This is the third 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 2012 total of rough sleeping counts and estimates in England was 2,309
- this was up 128 (6%) from the autumn 2011 total of 2,181
- all 326 local housing authorities in England provided a figure
- the total comprises counts provided by 43 local authorities and estimates provided by 283 local authorities
- London had 557 rough sleepers which accounted for 24% of the national figure
The release also includes a breakdown by nationality of rough sleepers in London in 2011 to 2012, as recorded on the Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN) database by London-based homeless charity Broadway.