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Quality of rough-sleeping stats needs to improve

Sir David Norgrove the Chair of the UK statistics Authority has said the Government needs to improve the quality of rough-sleeping figures in England, following allegations that some councils have underreported the scale of the crisis in their area. Official government statistics reported a two per cent fall in rough sleeping in England in 2018 after seven consecutive years of rises when the figures were released in January. Sir David has urged the Government to explain the effect of a short-term funding boost, which led to some recipient councils changing their counting methodology for 2018.

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25 March 2019 | The government has published three reports reviewing evidence on the causes of homelessness and rough sleeping and provide options for modelling to understand future trends and appraise policy.

The three reports are:

  • Causes of homelessness and rough sleeping: review of models of homelessness
  • Causes of homelessness and rough sleeping: rapid evidence assessment
  • Causes of homelessness and rough sleeping: feasibility study

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