Dave Hill notes the changes that the ConDems want to make to the count of ‘rough sleepers’ (basically, making them voluntary and not mandatory for local council compliance) and uncovers this odd definition, suggested by the newly Labour controlled Islington Council:
It welcomes another proposal, which would expand the definition of a rough sleeper to include people living in tents - migrant workers from Eastern Europe, for example - and those clearly intending to bed down on the street when found by those conducting counts as opposed to only those actually lying down at the time.I don’t know about you, but I’d include those as ‘rough sleepers’.
And it gets worse:
However, it suggests that the new, wider definition should also encompass those who sleep in housing block stairwells, garages, bin sheds, green spaces and on buses. I was surprised to learn that such people are not already categorised as rough sleepers.Me too, Dave.
But then, the last government had a vested interest in hiding those figures, didn’t it? Particularly the migrants….