Street Drinkers

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What do you think should be done to deal with the problem of Eastern European migrants who are rough sleeping and or street drinking in London and yet do not qualify for hostels or provision of rehabilitation services because this is 'recourse to public funds' from which they are disqualified?


Answer for Street Drinkers

Answer for Street Drinkers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The London Delivery Board is working to deal with the issue of homeless Eastern European migrants. The main service available to this group is assistance to return home and reconnect with services and networks in their home country. There are also a limited number of services providing employment advice. The United Kingdom Border Agency, which sits on the London Delivery Board, is testing out approaches to remove Central and Eastern European migrants who are not exercising their treaty rights and behaving in a harmful manner.