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Burnham Pledges More Action to Tackle Homelessness

Latest figures show that for the second consecutive year the number of people sleeping rough in Greater Manchester has fallen, bucking the previous trend of substantial year-on-year increases since 2010.

The latest data made public by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) shows local councils’ rough sleeper outreach teams recently recorded 195 individuals living outdoors across the 10 boroughs, in contrast to 241 recorded as part of the government’s official rough sleeper count which took place in November 2018.

The latest fall of 19% continues the downward trend first recorded in January with the publication of the official rough sleeper count, which revealed a decrease of 8%, the first time rough sleeping had fallen in Greater Manchester in almost a decade. Since 2010, rough sleeping had been increasing, reaching a high of 268 people in 2017.

As winter approaches and temperatures start to drop A Bed Every Night, the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham’s ambitious and ground-breaking scheme aiming to help end the need for rough sleeping in Greater Manchester city-region by 2020, has entered a second more intensive phase. More than 400 beds are due to be ready within a week for people sleeping rough.

With a bigger outreach workforce than ever before, with new data systems to share information and co-ordinate responses, with significant investment in accommodation and support that goes far beyond the statutory duty of local authorities, the city-region is working as one to make a real, sustainable difference.

Andy said: “While fewer people are sleeping rough in Greater Manchester than when I came into office, I am not in any way complacent and know so much more needs to be done. But these figures show that the commitment of our councils and community organisations is making a real difference, and I want to thank everyone for making A Bed Every Night such a strong response to the homelessness crisis.

“As a result, Greater Manchester is entering the coming winter with a stronger set of arrangements for people sleeping rough than we have ever had. We have more places to stay of a better quality and are well on the way towards our goal of ending the need for rough sleeping.”

The latest GMCA data on people sleeping rough in the city-region is as follows:

 

 

Official rough sleeper count figures, Nov ‘18

Latest rough sleeper numbers, Sep ‘19

People currently using A Bed Every Night

A Bed Every Night beds available from 1 November

Bolton

21

17

24

24

Bury

3

15

10

10

Manchester

123

85

94

157

Oldham

2

23

9

18

Rochdale

3

11

12

15

Salford

26

9

120

100

Stockport

7

12

12

12

Tameside

36

2

45

40

Trafford

3

11

19

10

Wigan

17

10

13

15

 

 

 

 

 

Total

241

195

358

401

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