Freedom of information response

Rough sleepers

Publication date: 
Thursday 27 August 2020
  1. How frequently does the council count or estimate the number of rough sleepers in its area? (e.g. weekly, monthly, annually)
  2. If counts or estimates are made in addition to the annual single night autumn snapshot provided to MHCLG, is the methodology the same as that used for the annual single night autumn snapshot in 2019?
  3. If not, please explain the methodology.
  4. Please provide data on the number of rough sleepers for counts or estimates on or nearest to the first day of each month of 2020 up to and including August.
  5. Please provide the latest data on those provided with emergency accommodation by the council as part of the Covid-19 pandemic response. This data should include people who were sleeping rough, in shared sleeping sites, and who became vulnerable to rough sleeping during the pandemic.

1. Monthly

2. Yes the same




Number of rough sleepers

1 January 2020


1 February 2020


1 March 2020


1 April 2020


1 May 2020

Fewer than 5

1 June 2020


1 July 2020


1 August 2020



Total number provided with emergency accommodation at some point


Number still in emergency accommodation


Number evicted from emergency accommodation


Number found longer-term accommodation by the council or its partners


Number who have left emergency accommodation of their own accord


We are unable to provide an exact number for question 4 above as:

  • There is a low number involved.
  • The release of this information could identify individuals which would constitute their personal data under the Data Protection Act
  • There is no prior expectation on the part of these individuals that their personal information would be published in the wider public domain under the FOI Act
  • Personal data of any other person is exempt under section 40 (2) of the Data Protection Act.

However in the interests of transparency we are able to provide this information to you categorised as fewer than 5 to give you an indication of the figures

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Request reference:
FOI 10153