THE number of people sleeping rough on the streets has fallen after targeted action, say council chiefs.
Durham County Council say the work by the local authority and charities has seen an average of three people a night living rough on the streets of County Durham, according to figures for 2013.
This is down from 11 the previous year and in line with the North-East region which has seen a 69 per cent reduction, from 69 to 12 for the same period.
It bucks the national trend which reveals a five per cent increase.
A “No Second Night Out” approach by the county council and the voluntary sector ensures that all agencies know who is on the street and look to resolve their needs within 24 hours.
Andrew Burnip, from the county council’s housing solutions, is chair of the Regional Homelessness Group, including all 12 regional authorities.
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.”
If anyone sees a person rough sleeping they should ring the National Street Link Line on 0300 5000914, or visit www.streetlink.org.uk