For the first time in nine years, the number of people estimated to be sleeping rough
in England has decreased. New figures
from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government have revealed that the number of rough sleepers in England fell from 4,751 in 2017 to 4,677 last year.
Almost a third of the country's rough sleepers are in London. While the total figure will be a source of optimism for the government, the fact that the figures increased in nearly all of England's major cities will still be cause for serious concern. That concern was echoed by shadow housing secretary John Healey who said: “These new figures are desperately disappointing and show ministers must do much more to make good the huge damage done over the last eight years".