Boris at odds with own rough sleeping figures
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing
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Boris Johnson appears to be at odds with rough sleeping figures produced by his own office.
During Mayor's Question Time on January 30, Mr Johnson claimed that figures produced by the GLA (Greater London Authority) in December showing that the total number of people rough sleeping in London has increased every year since his election were "not true".
The figures also showed that in 2012, 2,638 (87 percent) there were more people sleeping rough in London than they did when Boris Johnson was elected in 2008.
Mr Johnson said during the meeting that “I do not have any confidence in the figures that you allege come from my office because the figures I have from my office say something completely different.”
Now Londonwide Assembly Member Tom Copley has written to the Mayor and challenged him to explain why he disputed his own figures.
The figures provided by the Mayor’s office show that 44 percent of rough sleepers spent more than one night on the streets in 2011-12.
Tom Copley said: "Last week’s figures are a sad confirmation of the growing problem of rough sleeping on London's streets. Boris claims the numbers are going down. But he is only counting those helped by the ‘No Second Night Out’ scheme, which is misleading because the programme only supports those new to the streets and therefore only a very narrow proportion of rough sleepers.
"I'm disappointed but not surprised that the Mayor is getting it so wrong on rough sleeping. He is confused about his own figures and doesn't seem to appreciate the severity of the problem. This issue is extremely serious and he needs to get a grip. Boris claimed during the election last year that he would eradicate rough sleeping by the end of 2012. The figures show he is simply not delivering."