The UK Stastics Authority has responded to an official complaint by the Men and Boys Coalition regarding the Department of Communities and Local Government’s exclusion of the overall numbers of male rough sleepers and their proportion in an official report on the subject.
The official report published on 25 January was the first Government report which included the gender of those rough sleeping, however it only included statistics on female rough sleepers, even though it can be deduced that the overwhelming (88%) of rough sleepers are male.
Responding to the complaint, the statistics authority said:
“I agree with you that the public value of DCLG’s Rough Sleeping Statistics is limited by this presentational approach. I recognise your concerns that the exclusion of males from these statistics is likely to limit the factual representation of male rough sleepers in the media and in societal awareness in general and that this could inadvertently lead to a lack of service provision and funding for this group. The same logic also applies to those aged 25 years and over and UK nationals.”
See the full response here: statistics-authority-rough-sleeping-stats-response