However well-intentioned Brokenshire’s words, the government reneged on this duty. In 2019, the number of deaths among homeless people in England and Wales rose for the fifth year in a row to a record high of 778. Meanwhile, the number of people who were entirely homeless or living in temporary accommodation and hostels in England soared to 280,000 in 2019 from a low of 40,000 in 2009 and 2010.
The 280k is the number sleeping rough plus the number saved from sleeping rough by the welfare state. But it is used to show the problems of those sleeping rough.
Imagine – we entirely solve rough sleeping. This sill clearly involve at least some temporary accommodations somewhere in the system. But by this metric being used the problem will be the same size it is rather than having been solved.