St Mungo’s, June 2018
Presents findings from a national street outreach survey showing that:
- 79% of respondents said rough sleeping had risen in their area in the last five years, compared to just 3% who said it had fallen
- Only 21% of respondents said their outreach service had seen a real terms increase in funding in the last five years. 31% reported a funding decrease, despite the rise in the number of people sleeping rough.
- 63% of respondents were aware of someone who had died while sleeping rough in their local authority area in the last year. However, only 23% had any experience of a review being carried out in their area following the death of someone sleeping rough.
- 64% of respondents said access to emergency accommodation for people sleeping rough had got harder compared to five years ago.
- 70% of respondents said access to mental health services for people sleeping rough had got harder compared to five years ago, and 42% said the same for access to substance use services.
The report makes 10 recommendations for the forthcoming national rough sleeping strategy.
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