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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

94% Increase in Rough Sleepers. Shameful & Unacceptable

I issued  this press release today (25/01/2017). I will be writing a lot more about Thanet's housing crisis over the next few weeks. I strongly believe that everyone has a right to a home and that homelessness and rough sleeping are both unacceptable and avoidable in these modern times.  

Former Thanet Councillor, Ian Driver says he is “appalled and saddened” by the massive rise in the number of  rough sleepers  in Thanet.

According to Government figures published today (25 January) 33 people were identified as sleeping rough in Thanet during  2016,  an increase of 94% on 2015 when 17 rough sleepers  were recorded sleeping rough  in the district.

This is the highest increase in rough sleeping numbers in all of Kent. It is almost 3 times greater than the next highest local government area, Gravesham,  which saw the number of rough sleepers increase by 6 between 2015-16. In Tonbridge and Malling the increase was 4 and in Ashford and Canterbury 3. The other 7 Kent council areas saw either a zero increase or a drop in the number of rough sleepers.

Said Driver “the unacceptably high rate of rough sleeping in Thanet is a consequence of high unemployment, low wages and lack of support services for vulnerable people. It is also a direct result of successive Labour and Conservative governments failing to invest in building new and affordable rented social housing. Thanet, in particular, has a shamefully low rate of social rented housing when compared with the other 11 district councils in Kent”.
He added “Thanet’s Draft Local Plan which was opened to public consultation last week totally fails to address the desperate shortage of social rented housing in the district, concentrating  on expanding the home ownership sector instead. If Thanet Council is serious about tackling the rapidly growing homelessness  and rough sleeping crisis in the district then the Local Plan should be revised to include a significantly larger number of social rented homes being built over the next 15 years”.  

Table extracted from   https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/rough-sleeping-in-england-autumn-2016


Local Authority

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

 

increase/ decrease   over  2015/16 

Number of Households 2016 ('000s)2

2016 Rough Sleeping Rate (per 1,000 households)

Ashford

 2

 7

 4

 1

 5

 5

 8

 

 3

               52

0.15

Canterbury

 3

 22

 20

 22

 38

 47

 50

 

 3

               65

0.77

Dartford

 0

 15

 16

 12

 19

 10

 9

 

- 1

               43

0.21

Dover

 8

 14

 5

 5

 4

 9

 9

 

 0

               50

0.18

Gravesham

 1

 8

 10

 8

 3

 6

 12

 

 6

               43

0.28

Maidstone

 27

 19

 19

 14

 25

 38

 35

 

- 3

               68

0.51

Medway

 7

 12

 17

 6

 2

 14

 14

 

 0

             114

0.12

Sevenoaks

 0

 1

 2

 2

 0

 6

 2

 

- 4

               49

0.04

Shepway

 9

 12

 5

 4

 4

 13

 9

 

- 4

               50

0.18

Swale

 0

 2

 6

 5

 2

 6

 6

 

 0

               60

0.10

Thanet

 1

 9

 8

 14

 15

 17

 33

 

 16

               63

0.52

Tonbridge  Malling

 1

 4

 3

 4

 7

 0

 4

 

 4

               51

0.08

Tunbridge Wells

 9

 13

 10

 12

 15

 15

 15

 

            -  

49.00

 0.3
 

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