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Increase In Rough Sleepers In The East Riding

Increase In Rough Sleepers In The East Riding

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Joe Gerrard at 6:01am 10th March 2020.

The number of rough sleepers in the East Riding has more than doubled in the last year.

A total of 19 rough sleepers were recorded in the council’s administrative area, according to the government’s latest Rough Sleeping Snapshot in England for Autumn 2019.

This year’s figure is the highest in nine years with eight people found to be sleeping rough on a single night in Autumn in 2018.

The rise comes as rough sleeping across England fell by almost 10 per cent between Autumn 2018 and 2019.

A spokesperson for East Riding Council said the authority was “extremely concerned” about the increase.

They said:

"Since the snapshot was taken, the council has been successful in securing a Government grant of £85,000.

It will be used to provide emergency accommodation to get people off the streets, provide incentives for landlords as well as putting extra resources into outreach work provided by organisations such as the Emmaus homeless charity.

We will continue to work with a range of providers to offer support and advice and we remain committed to achieving the Government’s ambition of eradicating rough sleeping."

The East Riding had the fourth highest number of rough sleepers of any local authority in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Leeds had the most with 40, followed by Sheffield with 29 and Doncaster with 24. Hull was fifth with 18.

The number of rough sleepers in the East Riding had fallen year-on-year from the previous high of 16 in 2015. A total of 13 rough sleepers were recorded in 2016 and 10 were in 2017.

It comes as the government has pledged to spend an extra £236 million to tackle rough sleeping across the country.

The funds are set to be spent on accommodation for up to 6,000 rough sleepers and on those most at risk of ending up on the streets.

A review led by the long-serving government social welfare official Dame Louise Casey is also due to probe the causes of rough sleeping.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the “scourge” of rough sleeping had to be tackled urgently.

He said:

“I will not stop until the thousands of people in this situation are helped off the streets and their lives have been rebuilt.

It is simply unacceptable that we still have so many people sleeping on the streets, and I am absolutely determined to end rough sleeping once and for all."


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