he number of rough sleepers in England fell by more than one third last year, figures show, after the government was forced to temporarily house thousands of homeless people to reduce the risk to them from coronavirus.
A new report by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) estimated there were 2,688 people sleeping rough on a single night in autumn 2020, down from 1,578 the previous year – a 37 per cent drop.
It marks the third consecutive year these figures have dropped in England, largely aided this time around by the Everyone In scheme, which launched last March.
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