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Homelessness: Chelmsford

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) women, (b) men and (c) adolescents she estimates are currently living on the streets in West Chelmsford constituency. (211984)

Local authorities measure rough sleeping by conducting single night street counts where there is a known, or suspected, rough sleeping problem. Chelmsford council have not conducted a street count, which signifies that they believe that the area does not have a rough sleeping problem.

There has been considerable progress in tackling rough sleeping as the most visible form of homelessness. The target of a two-thirds reduction from the 1998 baseline of 1,850 people sleeping rough on the streets on any single night was met early in 2001 and has been sustained.