Metadata

Indicator code
0.1.3
Indicator name

Experience of street homelessness

Geographical coverage

UK

Unit of measurement

Number of households (000s)

Comparability

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

Footnote (FULL)

England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Greater London report counts, while England and Scotland report a number of people experiencing street homelessness at time of homeless application. 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; Number of people experiencing street homelessness (per 100,000 population)

Source

Rough sleeping snapshot in England

Organisation

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Geographical coverage

England

Time period

2010 - 2020

Frequency

Annually

Earliest available data

2010

Link to data source
Other information

ONS 2018-based population projection data used for 2020 (i.e. 2020 projections for 2020). ONS population estimate data used for all other years (i.e. 2019 estimates for 2019, 2018 estimates for 2018 etc).

0.1.3.2
Measure

Number of households experiencing street homelessness when approaching the local authority; Number of households experiencing street homelessness when approaching the local authority (per 100,000 households)

Source

Statutory homelessness in England

Organisation

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Geographical coverage

England

Time period

2018 Q2 - 2021Q1

Frequency

Quarterly

Earliest available data

2018 Q2

Link to data source
Other information
0.1.3.3
Measure

Number of applications where at least one member of the household experienced rough sleeping the night before their application (households); Number of applications where at least one member of the household experienced rough sleeping in the three months prior to their application (households)

Source

Homelessness in Scotland

Organisation

Scottish Government

Geographical coverage

Scotland

Time period

2002 - 2021

Frequency

Annually

Earliest available data

2002

Link to data source
Other information
0.1.3.4
Measure

Number of people experiencing street homelessness (population); Number of people experiencing street homelessness (per 100,000 population)

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 (population); Number of people experiencing street homelessness (per 100,000 population)

Source

Annual Street Count

Organisation

Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Geographical coverage

Northern Ireland

Time period

2018 - 2020

Frequency

Annually

Earliest available data

2018

Link to data source
Other information

2019 mid year population estimates used for 2020.

0.1.3.6
Measure

Number of people experiencing street homelessness (population); Number of people experiencing street homelessness (per 100,000 population)

Source

Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN)

Organisation

Greater London Authority (GLA) and St Mungo's

Contact details
Geographical coverage

Greater London

Time period

2019 Q1 - 2020 Q4

Frequency

Quarterly

Earliest available data

2019 Q1

Link to data source
Other information

ONS 2018-based population projection data used for all 4 quarters of 2020 (i.e. 2020 projections for all 4 quarters of 2020). ONS population estimate data used for all 4 quarters of 2019 (i.e. 2019 estimates for all 4 quarters of 2019).

The following notes were provided by the data provider:

1. "In each period there will be a small group of people who fall into both the ‘Number of people deemed to be living on the streets’ and the ‘Number of people new to the streets’ categories, so the combined total of columns F-H will be higher than the unique total in column E."
2. "For the percentages columns I’ve followed the same methodology used in our published reports, so, for example, people whose nationality was not known are excluded from the base when calculating nationality percentages."
3. "Our definition of which boroughs are counted as Inner or Outer London is slightly idiosyncratic and might not match usage more generally accepted elsewhere."

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