Published: 19th Dec 2019

The number of people sleeping rough in Greater Manchester has fallen from 241 in November 2018 to 151, according to figures released by Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham. The figures were published following the rough sleeper count that took place in November 2019 and showed that, of the regions ten boroughs, six saw a reduction, while Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and Stockport saw increases of between one and five people. The Mayor said his A Bed Every Night scheme, launched in November 2018 to support the region’s rough sleepers, was having an impact, as were the Housing First pilot and the government’s Rough Sleeper Initiative. He also cautioned that what people see during the daytime, particularly in the city centre of Manchester, does not reflect the true situation on the streets in the early hours of the morning. He said: ‘We still have much further to go on our mission … (To read the full article, subscribe below)