This is sensationalist, a large part of the rise, is people who are out for one to five nights. Don't get me wrong this is not a good situation, but it is not a 43% rise in people living on the streets. The rise is mainly due to NSNO, as outreach services often work, 2-3 shifts per day seven days a week. (This is generally up by 30 -40%) I contest therefore that numbers have not actually gone up, but sadly NSNO have created that impression by showing that there were more people out previously which generally would never have been found and would have found a "solution" of their own. This last part we know, because numbers of long term entrenched rough sleepers have steadily reduced over the last five years. The contentious issue of hostel closures is however a tremendous worry, this is squarely down to "localism" with authorities only wanting to provide accommodation for "their" rough sleepers. In London this is wholly disingenuous as much of the resources was built by Charities and the state and done so as a pan London resource (the same I am sure is for the rest of the country) this act is now severely pressurizing remaining stock. Furthermore, there was a major miscalculation on CEE clients ending on the streets, should this have occurred a significant minority of those out would simply not be here. This is now particularly pertinent in the long term rough sleepers where CEE clients are disproportionately represented.