How many rough sleepers are there in Salisbury?

How many rough sleepers are there in Salisbury?

Published by Jack Deery at 5:43am 31st January 2020. (Updated at 11:01am 4th February 2020)

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Wiltshire Council and Alabare have been carrying out checks on homeless people.

While out and about of an early morning this month, they spotted six rough sleepers in Salisbury.

Across the county they found 17 in total. 

It is a decrease on their figures from the count in September last year, when there was 21 in Wiltshire.

They visited Devizes, Trowbridge and Chippenham, as well as Salisbury, to do the counts.

Homeless - Rough Sleeper - on New Canal Salisbury (Mike Draper) (2)
The bi-monthly counts don't count towards the annual statistics but give them a good idea of the problem areas

The two organisations work together and use the counts, which happen bi-monthly, as a chance to try to identify homeless people on our streets and help turn their lives around

Cllr Richard Clewer, Cabinet Member for Housing said:

“Together with our partners Alabare, we carry out a bi-monthly count of rough sleepers in Wiltshire. This doesn’t count towards the official annual Government statistics (which are due to be published in February), but helps us to regularly monitor the rough sleeper count numbers in the county.

Our dedicated outreach team work with rough sleepers, providing support to identify a suitable route into accommodation.”

ADDITIONAL FUNDING

It has also just been announced that Wiltshire will receive more than £300,000 to tackle rough sleeping this year.

Councils up and down the country will be getting a share of £112 million given through the Rough Sleeping Initiative.

HOW TO HELP

The Council are encouraging people to not just give money to rough sleepers, as that can cause more issues which surround homelessness. 

Instead buy them food or a hot drink

If you see someone on the street, you should report it to streetlink.org.uk who can get the information to the relevant authorities. 

Alabare are currently running their winter campaign to boost funds for their services for homeless people too: 

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