West Mids Sees Big Rise In Rough Sleeping
31 January 2019, 12:17
Birmingham is one of the top 10 authorities in England with the largest number of rough sleepers.
Outside of London, it's the second biggest city with such high numbers; 91 were recorded last Autumn.
Across the West Mids, the county saw the biggest jump out of five regions in England, with an increase of 42% since 2017.
London accounted for over a quarter (27%) of the national numbers, which saw a slight drop at 2%.
Figures show there are less young people under the age of 25 who are sleeping rough and the same number of women (14%) are recorded sleeping rough.
Here are the 10 local authorities in England with the largest number of people sleeping rough in autumn 2018:
1. Westminster 306
2. Camden 141
3. Manchester 123
4. Birmingham 91
5. Bristol 82
6. Newham 79
7. Enfield 78
8. Hillingdon 70
9. City of London 67
10. Brighton & Hove 64
The numbers come as Birmingham MP for Hodge Hill, Liam Byrne has called on the Prime Minister to do more about rough sleeping.
The #Tories say it'll take til 2027 to end homelessness. I say that's 8 years too late.— Liam Byrne (@LiamByrneMP) January 30, 2019
This is a moral emergency that demands action NOW
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