Rough sleepers in London 2018/19, by type

This statistic shows the number of people reported to be sleeping rough in London, United Kingdom (UK), in 2018/19, by type. There were 5,529 "flow" or new rough sleepers who had never been reported before during this twelve month time period, more than two times as many as "stock" rough sleepers who had been on the streets for a minimum of two consecutive years.

Number of people reported to be sleeping rough in London (UK) in 2018/19, by type*

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Release date

June 2019


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019

Special properties

Rough sleepers

Supplementary notes

Flow: People who had never been seen rough sleeping prior to 2017/18 (i.e. new rough sleepers).
Stock: People who were also seen rough sleeping in 2016/17 (i.e. those seen across a minimum of two consecutive years).
Returner: People who were first seen rough sleeping prior to 2016/17, but were not seen during 2016/17 (i.e. those who have had a gap in their rough sleeping histories).

Rough sleepers were reported and verified by services who work directly with the street population in London. This includes: outreach teams, rough sleeper assessment and reconnection services, accommodation projects, including hostels, second-stage accommodation and supported housing projects, day centres and other specialist services.

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