Rough sleeping rises in nearly all England’s major cities

he estimated number of rough sleepers increased by 13% in London, 60% in Birmingham, and 31% in Manchester. The place with the largest number of rough sleepers was Westminster, where 306 people were on the streets on the night of the survey, up by 41%.

The report says 4,677 people were counted or estimated to be sleeping on the streets in England. This is 165% higher than in 2010, although charities say it is likely to be an underestimate.

In England as a whole there was a marginal 2% annual fall in rough sleepers – equivalent to 74 people, the first time national figures have not risen in eight years.