We are determined to face up to the problem of rough sleeping. The Department for Communities and Local Govt. overhauled the methodology for counting rough sleepers in 2010, requiring every council to report the number of rough sleepers in their area.
This year, we published demographic data on rough sleepers for the first time. This covers gender, age and nationality.
The annual rough sleeping statistics release contains a full explanation of the methodology of the counts and estimates in England, including the new demographic data. They can be found (attached) on gov.uk.
As housing is devolved, the Welsh Assembly Government, Northern Ireland Executive and the Scottish Government publish homelessness statistics separately.