Number of rough sleepers in Worcester:
count figures published by Government
The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government has today published annual statistics on the number of people believed to be sleeping rough in the UK.
The figures are based on physical counts of people sleeping rough which took place in towns and cities in the autumn. Worcester’s count took place in the early hours of Friday 10 November 2017.
Twelve people were found sleeping rough in Worcester on that night – a slight increase on the previous count in November 2016, when ten rough sleepers were located in the city.
Staff from the City Council, Maggs Day Centre and homeless charity CCP (Connecting Communities and People) joined the city’s street pastors to carry out the count in Worcester.
The count was organised by Ben Bradley, Single Homeless Pathways Officer at Worcester City Council.
He said: “Every local council has to provide an annual count figure or estimate of rough sleeping, following robust guidelines set down by the Government. We also had an independent Homeless Link verifier with us to ensure the guidance was fully followed.
“We had 21 people working on the count. People were found sleeping rough in a range of locations around the city – shop doorways, stairwells, car parks and other secluded spots away from the general public.
“We conducted the count in a sensitive manner to ensure we did not disturb anyone who was sleeping rough.”
The count is just one element of the work that goes into monitoring the number of people sleeping rough in Worcester.
It forms part of the Government’s national programme for monitoring and tracking the amount of people sleeping rough across the UK on a typical night.
The Government has published national statistics from the rough sleeper count at
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