Anybody walking the streets of our cities and towns can’t fail to notice how many people are bedding down in the open air.
Evidence suggests there has been an increase in people sleeping rough of 10 per cent in the space of a year, on top of a 30 per cent increase the previous year.
Why are the numbers of people sleeping rough increasing year on year? What are the factors that are keeping people on the streets – and how can we overcome them?
We spoke to 100 people who are currently rough sleeping in Wales and asked them about their experiences.
Our research shows we need a swifter, more assertive, and more person-centred response from services, focused on getting people into a good home with the right support as quickly as possible.