Number of people sleeping rough in Colchester more than doubles in three years

Gazette: Number of people sleeping rough in Colchester more than doubles in three years Number of people sleeping rough in Colchester more than doubles in three years

THE number of people sleeping rough in Colchester more than doubled between 2010 and 2013.

Fresh figures show, in 2010, about ten people were sleeping rough.

In 2013, the figure had grown to 35 people.

The most up to date figures were published in Colchester Council’s new Homelessness Strategy yesterday in which the council pledges to tackle the problem by helping more people stay at when they run into financial trouble.

That includes increasing support for troubled tenants who could lose their home by offering debt and welfare advice, as well as reducing the number of homeowners losing their property through mortgage arrears, through a mortgage rescue scheme.

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3:31pm Tue 15 Jul 14

C.I.5. says...

The most up to date figures were published in Colchester Council’s new Homelessness Strategy yesterday in which the council pledges to tackle the problem by helping more people stay at when they run into financial trouble.
STAY AT !!!!!????? Stay at where?
What a complete load of B*ll C*cks Two Words. Rubbish reporting.
Colchester People born and bred with Colchester Birth Certificates First
The rest, well there is no second place!
The doo gooders on the gazette drivel will come out and say what homelessness? Where?
THUMBS DOWN NOW PLEASE ON MY POST
Thumbs up for the people living on the streets.
The most up to date figures were published in Colchester Council’s new Homelessness Strategy yesterday in which the council pledges to tackle the problem by helping more people stay at when they run into financial trouble. STAY AT !!!!!????? Stay at where? What a complete load of B*ll C*cks Two Words. Rubbish reporting. Colchester People born and bred with Colchester Birth Certificates First The rest, well there is no second place! The doo gooders on the gazette drivel will come out and say what homelessness? Where? THUMBS DOWN NOW PLEASE ON MY POST Thumbs up for the people living on the streets. C.I.5.
  • Score: 37

3:33pm Tue 15 Jul 14

C.I.5. says...

THE number of people sleeping rough in Colchester more than doubled between 2010 and 2013.

Fresh figures show, in 2010, about ten people were sleeping rough.

In 2013, the figure had grown to 35 people.

The most up to date figures were published in Colchester Council’s new Homelessness Strategy yesterday in which the council pledges to tackle the problem by helping more people stay at (?????)when they run into financial trouble.

That includes increasing support for troubled tenants who could lose their home by offering debt and welfare advice, as well as reducing the number of homeowners losing their property through mortgage arrears, through a mortgage rescue scheme.
THE number of people sleeping rough in Colchester more than doubled between 2010 and 2013. Fresh figures show, in 2010, about ten people were sleeping rough. In 2013, the figure had grown to 35 people. The most up to date figures were published in Colchester Council’s new Homelessness Strategy yesterday in which the council pledges to tackle the problem by helping more people stay at (?????)when they run into financial trouble. That includes increasing support for troubled tenants who could lose their home by offering debt and welfare advice, as well as reducing the number of homeowners losing their property through mortgage arrears, through a mortgage rescue scheme. C.I.5.
  • Score: 18

6:26pm Tue 15 Jul 14

super waluigi says...

It should be a stipulation that everyone in Britain has at least a roof over their head. It pains me to think that anyone in this country is homeless right now.
It should be a stipulation that everyone in Britain has at least a roof over their head. It pains me to think that anyone in this country is homeless right now. super waluigi
  • Score: 47

8:09pm Tue 15 Jul 14

1980-colchester says...

I know first hand, you only get help IF you sit at home on your arse with kids. When you both work and study WITH young children,bring in a pitiful wage between you, they take everything away from you, don't help you with housing and send you out the door!! Love to see the improvements being made but not counting on it!!
I know first hand, you only get help IF you sit at home on your arse with kids. When you both work and study WITH young children,bring in a pitiful wage between you, they take everything away from you, don't help you with housing and send you out the door!! Love to see the improvements being made but not counting on it!! 1980-colchester
  • Score: 5

8:11pm Tue 15 Jul 14

1980-colchester says...

I find it extremely unfair that people are left homeless, there is so much more that can be done to help these people!!!!
I find it extremely unfair that people are left homeless, there is so much more that can be done to help these people!!!! 1980-colchester
  • Score: 13

9:28am Wed 16 Jul 14

sam vines says...

The report published is quite misleading they have ESTIMATED that the numbers have increased without divulging how they came to that figure or what's the age group, ethic background ect of these people.

With the amount of councillors who have spent a night sleeping rough on the streets of Colchester to highlight this issue I'm sure they could have could have got a more accurate figure.

It could be a costly waste of limited resources if they do not tackle the issue without good information.
The report published is quite misleading they have ESTIMATED that the numbers have increased without divulging how they came to that figure or what's the age group, ethic background ect of these people. With the amount of councillors who have spent a night sleeping rough on the streets of Colchester to highlight this issue I'm sure they could have could have got a more accurate figure. It could be a costly waste of limited resources if they do not tackle the issue without good information. sam vines
  • Score: 2

10:32am Wed 16 Jul 14

romantic says...

sam vines wrote:
The report published is quite misleading they have ESTIMATED that the numbers have increased without divulging how they came to that figure or what's the age group, ethic background ect of these people.

With the amount of councillors who have spent a night sleeping rough on the streets of Colchester to highlight this issue I'm sure they could have could have got a more accurate figure.

It could be a costly waste of limited resources if they do not tackle the issue without good information.
To some extent, estimating is all that can be done. The visible rough sleepers are the ones in shop doorways, but there are many others who try their best to be out of the way. Some of those who find themselves sleeping rough are very ashamed of it, and do what they can to keep up appearances of normality. They will have their sleeping spots, chosen to give shelter and safety. A rough sleeper is a sitting target for drunks and idiots late at night.

It also has to be pointed out that sleeping rough is the thin end of the homelessness wedge. There are lots of people who are crashing on mates' sofas or stuck with parents and in-laws, who are not technically hungry or homeless, but nevertheless have no great prospect of moving on in the foreseeable future.

We are one of the richest nations on the planet, yet still have people sleeping on the street. That cannot be right!
[quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: The report published is quite misleading they have ESTIMATED that the numbers have increased without divulging how they came to that figure or what's the age group, ethic background ect of these people. With the amount of councillors who have spent a night sleeping rough on the streets of Colchester to highlight this issue I'm sure they could have could have got a more accurate figure. It could be a costly waste of limited resources if they do not tackle the issue without good information.[/p][/quote]To some extent, estimating is all that can be done. The visible rough sleepers are the ones in shop doorways, but there are many others who try their best to be out of the way. Some of those who find themselves sleeping rough are very ashamed of it, and do what they can to keep up appearances of normality. They will have their sleeping spots, chosen to give shelter and safety. A rough sleeper is a sitting target for drunks and idiots late at night. It also has to be pointed out that sleeping rough is the thin end of the homelessness wedge. There are lots of people who are crashing on mates' sofas or stuck with parents and in-laws, who are not technically hungry or homeless, but nevertheless have no great prospect of moving on in the foreseeable future. We are one of the richest nations on the planet, yet still have people sleeping on the street. That cannot be right! romantic
  • Score: 3

12:32pm Wed 16 Jul 14

SAndrewss says...

10-35 people out of a population of around 176,000 (according to the Gazette). So that's 0.02% of the population.

I suspect the cost of solving the problem for these 10-35 people is miniscule in the grand scheme of things. It probably more comes down to whether the Council really want to solve it, whether they should solve it and whether those on the street really want to be helped.
10-35 people out of a population of around 176,000 (according to the Gazette). So that's 0.02% of the population. I suspect the cost of solving the problem for these 10-35 people is miniscule in the grand scheme of things. It probably more comes down to whether the Council really want to solve it, whether they should solve it and whether those on the street really want to be helped. SAndrewss
  • Score: 4

11:34am Thu 17 Jul 14

Hamiltonandy says...

The report is very worrying. Perhaps Colchester Council could do a proper survey to get an accurate number of those rough sleeping and the reasons. Some may be ex-services finding life difficult after they left the army. Colchester Council has quite a few empty buildings that the taxpayer is forced to pay rates for. The whole "cultural quarter" is available and there are empty buildings near the hythe that the council could use.
The report is very worrying. Perhaps Colchester Council could do a proper survey to get an accurate number of those rough sleeping and the reasons. Some may be ex-services finding life difficult after they left the army. Colchester Council has quite a few empty buildings that the taxpayer is forced to pay rates for. The whole "cultural quarter" is available and there are empty buildings near the hythe that the council could use. Hamiltonandy
  • Score: 0
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