The Government have published an estimate of the number of rough sleepers in England each year since 1998. At that time the Prime Minister introduced a target to achieve a two thirds reduction in the numbers of those sleeping rough by 2002 from 1,850. The target was achieved in 2001 and is being sustained.
The National Estimate publishes figures on a local authority basis. Penrith is covered by Eden district council who recorded 0 rough sleepers in 2006. Cumbria recorded four rough sleepers.