Research & Report
by Grant Shapps MP
Official Governement statistics dramatically underestimate the number of rough sleepers.
The number of people sleeping rough is nearly 3 times greater than admitted in official government figures.
The current system requires local authorities to provide a rough sleepers estimate between the bracket of 0 and 10. However the number is then automatically reduced to zero, thereby dramatcially underestimating the number of people sleeping rough each night.
Official Government statistics say that Manchester has just 7 rought sleepers, whereas, Lifeline a manchester based charity, has counted nearly 50 on a single night. 6times more than officially recognised.
In June 2007 a Manchester based charity, Lifeline conducted a survey of 100 injecting drug users in Manchester. Of those 100 they found that 8 in 10 were homeless and almost half would be sleeping rough that night.