We think that it is possible to end rough sleeping. To do this there needs to be a commitment from governments across Britain to develop a strategy to tackle rough sleeping. All public services have their role to play in preventing people from ending up on the streets. This includes health services and the criminal justice system.
Rough sleepers are being punished by measures introduced to tackle antisocial behaviour.
Rough sleeping is dangerous and isolating. Long periods spent sleeping rough leads to health problems.
Our research into the scale and experience of rough sleeping including enforcement interventions.
Estimated number of people sleeping rough in 2016 on a single night in Autumn across England
This was up by 16% on 2015.
Matthew Downie, Director of Policy and External Affairs at Crisis said: “Universal Credit is a much needed way of simplifying our complicated benefits system, but we can’t ignore the significant complications its roll-out is having.
In simple terms they will go up. New Crisis research published today conducted by Heriot--Watt Un...