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Homelessness outreach teams reported rise in rough sleeping numbers during lockdown, new study finds

StreetLink, a service that connects rough sleepers with local outreach teams, saw total alerts for rough sleepers hit 16,976 in April to June, an increase of 4% on the 16,371 recorded in January to March 2020.

The rise comes despite the government claiming that more than 90% of homeless people have been accommodated during the pandemic via its ‘Everyone In’ scheme.

According to the StreetLink data, the increase in London was even greater, rising from 9,543 in January to March to 12,134 in April to June – a 27% increase.

StreetLink said that it “cannot rule out” the idea that this reflects new people sleeping on the streets during the period.

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