Liberal Democrats on Cornwall Council have slammed the Conservatives for failing the most vulnerable, as analysis of new rough sleeping statistics shows that the Government is significantly off track on its target of eliminating rough sleeping by 2024.
The latest Rough sleeping snapshot, published today by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, shows that there were an estimated 4,266 rough sleepers in England on any given night in Autumn 2019, a reduction of just 411 people (8.8%) on 2018’s figure.
Analysis by the House of Commons Library shows that, in order to reach zero by 2024, there would need to be a reduction of 780 rough sleepers each year from the 4,677 recorded in 2018. The reduction of 411 from 2018 to 2019 therefore put the Government well off track to meet its target.
Cornwall Council continues to beat the national trend
Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrat and Independent administration at Cornwall Council continues to beat the national trend, with a third significant reduction in rough sleepers in Cornwall in as many years.
A snapshot taken in the Autumn of 2019 estimates there were 24 rough sleepers in Cornwall compared to 53 in 2018, a reduction of 55%.
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Homes on Cornwall Council Joyce Duffin said,
“The Tories are letting down some of the most vulnerable people in our society. These figures underline the Tories’ failure when it comes to rough sleeping and homelessness. Having a target to eliminate rough sleeping by 2024 is all well and good, but the data shows just how off track the Government is. We need actions, not just words.
“Homelessness has long been a scourge on the most vulnerable in society. I am absolutely delighted rough sleeper figures continue to fall in Cornwall. Liberal Democrats on Cornwall Council will redouble our efforts to push the figures down to zero.”