Published: 14th Jan 2021

The government’s ‘Everyone In’ campaign to provide emergency housing for rough sleepers has exposed many issues which need to be urgently addressed, according to the National Audit Office (NAO). In a report published today (14 January), the watchdog says by the end of November, more than 33,000 people have been helped through the scheme. A total of 23,273 people had been supported to move into the private rental sector or another form of settled accommodation, and 9,866 people remained in hotels and other emergency accommodation. But the number of people accommodated under the programme over several months has far exceeded the number of people recorded as rough sleeping in the government’s annual national ‘snapshot’ of the rough sleeping population, the report notes. In the autumn of 2019, this snapshot estimated that there were 4,266 people sleeping rough on any given night, compared to the over 33,000 people who were helped … (To read the full article, subscribe below)