Fall in homeless sleeping rough

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THE number of people sleeping rough on the streets of County Durham has fallen.

Durham County Council has worked alongside charities to help address the issue.

Figures for 2013 show an average of three people sleeping rough a night, compared to 11 the previous year, which bucks the national trend which had a five per cent increase

Andrew Burnip, from housing solutions, Durham County Council, is chairman of the Regional Homelessness Group.

He said: “This approach has meant that in many areas of the North East, we have been able to find people sooner and offer them a route into proper shelter.

“In many cases this is a pathway which could ultimately lead them to their own independent home.

“We also now know much more about who is on the street and how best to help them.”

For more information, visit the website www.streetlink.org.uk.