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.