There has been coverage in local press on rough sleeping and homelessness in London, following the launch of the Mayor of London’s first rough sleeping charter yesterday. It is reported that the Mayor called rough sleeping a “national crisis” and is calling on the Government for more support.
We are determined to end rough sleeping for good and have given councils across the country £2 billion over three years to tackle both rough sleeping and homelessness, including nearly £190 million for London. We know how severe this issue is, especially in winter as temperatures plummet, which is why we continue to work with organisations in the sector to make sure that homeless people and rough sleepers are supported.
Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Felicity Buchan, said:
We are determined to end rough sleeping for good and are working hand-in-hand with the homelessness sector and other partners to make sure people have a roof over their head and the support to rebuild their lives.
We have given councils £2 billion – including nearly £190 million for London – to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping, and in the capital are supporting 13 projects that provide services and emergency accommodation. Through our Rough Sleeping Strategy we will continue to work to end rough sleeping completely.