Metadata

Indicator code
0.1.3
Indicator name

Experience of street homelessness

Geographical coverage

UK

Unit of measurement

Number

Comparability

Not comparable due to different methodologies or different time periods reported.

Footnote (FULL)

England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Greater London report counts. Differences between each count prevent complete comparisons although there are also similarities. Greater London (CHAIN data) is the most different.

England and Scotland both report a number of people experiencing street homelessness at time of homeless applications.

It is recommended to explore the GSS homelessness statistics interactive tool which explains how to compare counts and applications based data appropriately: https://gss.civilservice.gov.uk/dashboard/tools/homelessness-statistics/theme-home.html

Associated sources
0.1.3.6
0.1.3.5
0.1.3.4
0.1.3.3
0.1.3.2
0.1.3.1

Sources

0.1.3.1
Measure

Number of people experiencing street homelessness

Source

Rough sleeping snapshot in England

Organisation

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Geographical coverage

England

Time period

2010-2019

Frequency

Annual

Earliest available data

2010

Link to data source
Other information

This data is broadly comparable to the Wales and Northern Ireland data for similarly sized cities due to similar methodologies. However, caution must be taken because local authorities in Wales are required to produce estimates over a two-week period, as well as a street count. Local authorities in England are not required to produce estimates prior to the count. Not comparable with the England or Scotland data on application nor with the Greater London CHAIN count.

Table 1 in data source.

0.1.3.2
Measure

Number of people experiencing street homelessness at the time of approaching the Local Authority

Source

Statutory homelessness in England

Organisation

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Geographical coverage

England

Time period

2018-2019 / 2019-2020

Frequency

Available quarterly, although it is displayed annually here.

Earliest available data

2018-2019

Link to data source
Other information

The annual data is built from the sum of four quarters.

Table A4 in data source.

0.1.3.3
Measure

Number of applications where at least one member of the household experienced street homelessness the night before

Source

Homelessness in Scotland

Organisation

Scottish Government

Geographical coverage

Scotland

Time period

2002-03 - 2019-20

Frequency

Annual

Earliest available data

2002-03

Link to data source
Other information

Table 2a & b in data source.

0.1.3.4
Measure

Estimated number of people experiencing street homelessness

Source

National rough sleeper count

Organisation

Welsh Government

Geographical coverage

Wales

Time period

2015 - 2019

Frequency

Annual

Earliest available data

2015

Link to data source
Other information

This data is broadly comparable to the England count and Northern Ireland data for similarly sized cities due to similar methodologies. However, caution must be taken because local authorities in Wales are required to produce estimates over a two-week period, as well as a street count. Local authorities in England are not required to produce estimates prior to the count. Not comparable with the England or Scotland data on application nor with the Greater London CHAIN count.

0.1.3.5
Measure

Number of people experiencing street homelessness

Source

Annual Street Count

Organisation

Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Geographical coverage

Northern Ireland

Time period

2017

Frequency

Unknown

Earliest available data

2018

Link to data source
Other information

This data is broadly comparable to the England count and Wales data for similarly sized cities due to similar methodologies. However, caution must be taken because local authorities in Wales are required to produce estimates over a two-week period, as well as a street count. Not comparable with the England or Scotland data on application nor with the Greater London CHAIN count.

0.1.3.6
Measure

Number of people experiencing street homelessness, by type

Source

Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN)

Organisation

Greater London Authority (GLA) and St Mungo's

Contact details
Geographical coverage

Greater London

Time period

We display data from October-December 2018 to April-June 2020, but more historical data is available

Frequency

Quarterly

Earliest available data

2005-2006

Link to data source
Other information

Not comparable to other counts due to methodological differences.

Not all quarters are comparable due to improvements in counting methods, for example before and after October 2018 due to the introduction of bimonthly street counts which London boroughs have been required to carry out as part of the government's Rough Sleeping Initiative. We report data post October 2018 that is broadly comparable across quarters.

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