Another increase in London rough sleeping underpins need for urgent response to support people off the streets

Friday, 31 July 2015 - 11:59am

We respond to the latest stats on rough sleeping in London. 

Data released today (Friday 31st July 2015) from the Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN) database shows that between 1 April and 30 June 2015, 2,755 people were recorded as sleeping rough on the streets of London, an 11% increase on the same period in 2014. Of this number, 1,447 were new to the streets, a 14% increase on the previous year.

Commenting, Rick Henderson, Chief Executive of Homeless link, said:

“Any increase in rough sleeping is alarming, but especially so when significantly more people are ending up on the streets for the first time. We know that the longer someone stays on the streets, the harder can be for them get their lives back on track, so we must retain a focus on preventing people sleeping rough in the first place and helping them off as soon as possible should they find themselves on the street.

“In this same period, StreetLink, the rough sleeper referral line, sent more than 2,230 alerts to local authorities in London about people sleeping rough. The information provided by concerned members of the public helps outreach teams as they try to find people sleeping rough and support them off the streets as soon as possible.

“Today’s figure show an increasing need for this type of rapid response and the right support services locally so they can move off the streets for good. We need the continued commitment and investment by government and local authorities to make sure this happens.”

Anyone concerned about someone sleeping rough in London should contact StreetLink via www.streetlink.org.uk or by calling 0300 500 0914.      

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Stephen Holland

Stephen served as our Communications Officer until January 2016.

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