Number of people sleeping rough in London doubles in past five years
In London 7,581 people slept rough over the course of 2014/15, figures released today reveal - a 16 per cent rise on the previous year, and more than double the figure of 3,673 in 2009/10.
Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, said: “These are shocking statistics. Behind the numbers there is real suffering for thousands of people sleeping on the streets of one of the richest cities in the world.
“The Mayor of London has shown a commitment to tackle rough sleeping, with funding for specialist teams to find and help more people living on the streets, but clearly this is not enough. In London there is a particularly woeful lack of affordable housing. Combined with this, cuts to housing benefit and services that prevent and solve homelessness mean that we expect to see more people sleeping on the streets of the capital in the near future.
“Homelessness needs to be a top priority for the Mayor of London, and for those who seek to replace him in 2016.”
In response to rising rough sleeping, Crisis has launched the No One Turned Away campaign, which calls for a change in the law so that no one is turned away from their council to sleep rough.