Response to the Rough Sleeping Strategy

  • By JackGraves

London Councils has welcomed the rough sleeping strategy announced today by the government, while also highlighting the fundamental importance of tackling homelessness by increasing social housing provision in the capital.

Cllr Darren Rodwell, London Council's Executive member for housing and planning, said:

"Rough sleeping is the most visible symptom of London's growing homelessness crisis - no-one walking around the capital can fail to notice the large number of rough sleepers on our streets. 

"London boroughs welcome the government's renewed focus on reducing rough sleeping through prevention, intervention, and recovery. We fully support the aim of ending rough sleeping entirely, and boroughs have a key role to play in making this ambition a reality.

"We believe urgent government action is needed to reduce all forms of homelessness. London accounts for a huge percentage of the total number of homeless households in England and there are unique pressures facing the capital that must be addressed - principally the chronic shortage of affordable housing. 

"Reducing homelessness in London requires a massive increase in social housing provision, which is why the government must empower boroughs to build more council houses as a matter of priority. This would be a major boost to tackling homelessness in London."