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National rough sleeping count

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  • Release date: 1 February 2017
  • Period covered: November 2016
  • Next update: February 2018
An annual report which includes information on the estimated number of persons sleeping rough over a two week period and the number of persons observed sleeping rough.

Key points

  • Based on the information gathered by local agencies, health organisations and other community service groups in contact with rough sleepers in the 2 weeks between 10th and 23rd October 2016, local authorities estimate that 313 persons were sleeping rough across Wales over this period.
  • Local authorities reported a total of 141 individuals observed sleeping rough in Wales between the hours of 10pm on the 3rd and 5am on the 4th November 2016 - the night of the count.
  • Local authorities reported that there were 168 emergency bed spaces across Wales of which 40 bed spaces (24 per cent) were unoccupied and available for use on 3rd November 2016, the night of the snapshot count.


There are a range of factors which can impact on single-night counts of rough sleepers, including location, timing and weather. The count carried out in November 2016 in Wales is essentially a snapshot estimate and can only provide a very broad indication of rough sleeping levels on the night of the count.

The information presented in this release covers the rough sleeper monitoring exercise carried out across Wales during October and November 2016 and is based on the data provided by local authorities. The information is presented as experimental statistics as this is a new official statistic undergoing evaluation and the methodology used will be reviewed and may be further developed.

This release does not include any information on statutory homelessness which covers actions taken by local authorities to prevent or relieve homelessness under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014.


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