The number of rough sleepers in London continues to rise
New figures reveal that the number of people sleeping rough in London has risen again.
The number of people sleeping on the capital’s streets in the first quarter of 2014 rose by 8% in comparison to the same period last year. This left 2,029 people without shelter, reports 24dash.
Housing charity Crisis is calling on the Mayor of London and the government to take urgent action to stop further rises by reversing damaging housing benefit cuts alongside building more homes and protecting services that prevent and solve homelessness.
Leslie Morphy, Crisis chief executive, said: “It is nothing short of a disgrace that, in one of the world’s most prosperous cities, so many Londoners continue to be left out in the cold. Yet more rises in the number of people sleeping rough in the capital only serve to highlight politicians’ failure to ensure the economic recovery is felt among the most vulnerable in society. The Mayor of London must make good on his pledge to end rough sleeping in the capital by building more affordable homes and investing in homelessness services. But, to see an end to these ongoing rises in rough sleeping, we also need national government to reverse the cruel cuts to housing benefits that have left far too many unable to afford a roof over their heads, condemned to the horrors of life on the streets.”
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