London Councils statement on rough sleeping statistics

Responding to the latest government statsitics on rough sleeping, Sir Steve Bullock, London Councils' executive member for housing, said: “These figures make stark reading, particularly the huge increase in the number of rough sleepers in the last five years.

“Now is the time for Government to act – this worsening situation simply cannot be allowed to continue.  London Councils has made clear that pledge to fully fund a new homelessness reduction bill must be properly reviewed – costings must not be based on estimates and guesswork.  

“The capital continues to account for a huge percentage of the homelessness total across England.  The particular and unique pressures facing London – a spiralling housing crisis coupled with the dramatic impact of welfare reform on our poorest communities – must also be addressed and we hope to see a reflection of this in the homelessness reduction bill debate in Parliament this week.”


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The full statistics can be found here.