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Depaul 'shocked' by rough sleeping stats
January 25th, 2018
Depaul UK is “extremely disappointed” by the “shocking” rise in homelessness revealed today (25 January 2018) by Government statistics which show rough sleeping has soared by 15 percent over the past year.
The youth homelessness charity said the new data jeopardised the Government’s commitment to halve rough sleeping by 2022 – and means more action is needed to tackle the crisis.
Ian Brady, Depaul UK’s interim CEO and former government advisor on homelessness, said: “It is extremely worrying that the number of people sleeping rough continues to increase, despite the Government’s commitment to halve and eventually end rough sleeping.
“Without a determined response, we risk returning to the extremely high levels of rough sleeping we saw in the 1980s and 1990s.
“Rough sleeping has risen by 15 per cent overall and the 28 per cent rise in the number of young people sleeping rough is especially worrying.
“We know that young people take huge risks to avoid sleeping on the streets. These figures are therefore likely to be tip of the iceberg when it comes to the total number of young homeless people sleeping in unsafe places.”
He added: “The Government has set up a Ministerial Taskforce to tackle homelessness and we have not heard of it meeting. It now urgently needs to take action.
“More investment in community hosting schemes such as Nightstop and supported lodgings would help to reduce the number of young people sleeping rough. These schemes enable members of the public to provide a bed for a young person who might otherwise end up on the streets.”
Depaul UK is also calling on the Government to invest in more family mediation services, which help young people remain in their family home, and to make further reforms to Universal Credit.