Responding to latest rough sleeping figures published today, Cllr Giles Archibald, DCN Better Lives spokesperson, said:

“While the number of rough sleepers has continued to fall, these are still worrying figures which reinforce the need to tackle rough sleeping and the other forms of homelessness which are alarmingly high.

“Districts play a key role preventing homelessness and want to make sure everyone in their communities has a secure affordable place to call home.

“To help districts do this, we call on the Government in next month’s Budget to ensure the Local Housing Allowance covers the costs of housing. There are too many householders on benefit who are unable to afford decent quality private rented housing, and are at risk of ending up homeless.

“Councils also need to be given the freedom to deliver affordable housing at scale again including by allowing them to keep 100 per cent of Right to Buy sales receipts.”


The District Councils’ Network (DCN) is a cross-party member led network providing a single voice to 191 district councils. District councils in England deliver 86 out of 137 essential local government services to over 22 million people – 40 per cent of the population – and cover 68 per cent of the country by area. They play a key role in local communities, providing services such as building homes, collecting waste, regenerating town centres, preventing homelessness, keeping streets clean and maintaining parks.