How Many People are Homeless in the UK?
Exact numbers are hard to find, However the following statistics from 2014-2016, although likely to be an underestimate,
provide an idea of magnitude.The number of homeless families as measured by official government statistics for September 2016 was 74,630, up 9% on the previous year.
The number of sofa surfers in a 2014 study by Centrepoint was estimated to be 300,000 people.
The number of rough sleepers across the whole country on any one night estimated by the same study was calculated at 2,744 people.
Together these data provide a conservative estimate of 400,000 homeless people in the UK.
How Many Homeless People are Registered to Vote?
Again the is not much data available for this, however one FOI from 2011 shows that only 546 people who were NFA were registered to vote.
That would put the percentage of homeless people registered to vote at less than 0.2%.
How Does This Compare to Young Voters?
The League of Young Voters put the percentage of 18-24 year olds registered to vote in 2015 general election at 44%. So the proportion of
young voters registered is over 2,000 times greater than the proportion of homeless people. That is clearly not "A Democracy That Works For Everyone".
Here is a great article giving more information on how the government prioritise their voter registration resources.
Here and here are two articles on the matter of homeless voter registration.
1 - Department For Communities and Local Government, Housing Statistical Release, December 2016.
2 - Church Housing Trust, How To Help Homeless People, May 2016.
3 - Electoral Commission, Freedom of Information Request, January 2011.
4 - The League of Young Voters Statistics, Retrieved May 2017.
5 - A Democracy That Works for Everyone: Chris Skidmore MP Speech, October 2016.