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Rough Sleepers

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many rough sleepers there were in England in each of the last 10 years; and what proportion of these were estimated to be military veterans. (182265)

A national estimate of the number of rough sleepers in England is published every September. The estimate is based on the results of local authority street counts in those areas where a known, or suspected, rough sleeping problem has been identified. The following table sets out the national rough sleeping estimate over each of the last 10 years.

Number

1998

1,850

1999

1,633

2000

1,180

2001

703

2002

596

2003

504

2004

508

2005

459

2006

502

2007

498

We do not hold national data on the proportion of rough sleepers who are military veterans. However, there is specific data for London provided under the Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN) recording system. In 2006-07, for those rough sleepers in London contacted by services, CHAIN records show around 5 per cent. of rough sleepers had spent time in the armed forces in the past.