The latest figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government show that rough sleeping in England has risen by 16% over the past year.
More than 4,000 people per night sleep rough on England’s streets, the report shows, while more than half of councils in England recorded a rise in rough sleeping over the last 12 months.
The Government says that it is determined to help the most vulnerable individuals and is investing £550m to tackle the problem.
Official figures show that rough sleeping has more than doubled since 2010, when 1,768 people were recorded.
Outside of London, the number of people sleeping rough rose by 20% over the past year, while in the capital, it was up by 3%.
Out of 326 councils in England, 174 experienced a rise in rough sleeping in 2016.
Reacting to the shocking figures, The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS), insists that rental housing is a key part of resolving the issue.
The Managing Director of The DPS, Julian Foster, argues: “Everyone should have the right to a safe, warm, secure home, and the rise in rough sleeping is sad news for communities across the country.
“A healthy rental sector plays a vital role in combatting homelessness, by providing housing options that suit individual circumstances, particularly when house prices are so high.”
He continues: “Whether it’s because they are saving for their own property or wanting greater choice over the length of their occupancy, tenants need the diversity of housing choices that renting provides, and it’s vital we continue to work with Government to ensure renters have affordable, flexible and financially secure options when they select a home.”
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