Rise in the number of people sleeping rough in London

  • Figures have revealed that the number of people sleeping rough in London has surged by 15% in a year. /images/blog/homeless.jpg

    New figures collected by the Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN) database has found that outreach workers recorded 2,343 people sleeping rough in London from January to March, highlighting a 15% increase on the figure from the same period last year, reports Inside Housing.

    Over one in three of the rough sleepers were from central or Eastern Europe and 43% were from the United Kingdom.

    Jon Sparkes, chief executive of homelessness charity Crisis, said: "[The CHAIN] figures are deeply troubling and show just how badly the law is failing homeless people. Welfare reform, benefit cuts and the chronic shortage of affordable homes in the capital mean more and more people are coming to their council as homeless. But as the law stands, far too often when single people ask for help, they are turned away to sleep on the street."

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