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Rough sleeping on the increase in London

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Health

Thames Reach gives 'full backing' to Government's rough sleeping strategy Thames Reach gives 'full backing' to Government's rough sleeping strategy

The number of people sleeping rough in London has risen again despite the country's economic recovery, new figures have revealed.

The amount of people sleeping on the capital's streets in the first quarter of 2014 rose by 8% compared with the same period in 2013, with 2,029 found living without shelter.

The figures come on the back of three years of rises in rough sleeping, representing a 75% increase.

Housing charity Crisis is now calling on the Mayor of London and the government to take urgent action to stop further rises by reversing damaging housing benefit cuts, building more homes and protecting services that prevent and solve homelessness.

The figures, released by the Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN), present information on those seen sleeping rough by outreach workers on the streets of London from January 2014 to March 2014.

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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