UK's official rough sleeping numbers 'far lower than reality'

Labour labels Whitehall data ‘unreliable undercount’ as local councils show numbers almost five times higherThe government has been accused of dramatically under-reporting the scale of rough sleeping following council data showing numbers almost...

UK's official rough sleeping numbers 'far lower than reality'

Labour labels Whitehall data ‘unreliable undercount’ as local councils show numbers almost five times higher

The government has been accused of dramatically under-reporting the scale of rough sleeping following council data showing numbers almost five times higher than Whitehall estimates.

On the eve of the housing ministry’s annual snapshot of rough sleeping, which last year said that 4,677 people slept outside, the council data showed almost 25,000 people slept rough in 2019.

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