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Brighton and Hove among worst areas for rough sleepers

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Brighton and Hove is ranked as number 10 of local authorities in England with the largest number of people sleeping rough in autumn 2018.

It comes as the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government released their annual statistics on rough sleeping.

The number of rough sleepers in England is thought to have fallen by 2% in the last year Credit: ITV Meridian
64
people were recorded as sleeping rough in Brighton and Hove in autumn 2018

In the latter part of last year, 64 people were recorded as sleeping rough in Brighton and Hove.

However, this figure is more than 50% lower than the year before, when local authorities found 178 rough sleepers.

Overall - in Reading, Southampton, Oxford, Portsmouth and Bournemouth - the amount of rough sleepers has gone down in the last year.

57
of the 64 rough sleepers recorded in Brighton and Hove in autumn 2018 were male
56
of the 64 rough sleepers recorded in Brighton and Hove in autumn 2018 were 26-years-old and over
39
of the 64 rough sleepers recorded in Brighton and Hove in autumn 2018 were UK nationals
New figures have revealed a dramatic rise in the number of people sleeping rough on our streets Credit: ITV Meridian

West Berkshire and Oxford City Council are offering support for rough sleepers.

Following the cold weather forecast in the Thames Valley, Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) has been put in place by the authorities.

Rough sleepers are being offered safe accommodation, as well as support and general advice.

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