Rough sleeping

MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Department for Communities and Local Government recently published data showing that rough sleeping rose by 37% in London from 2013 to 2014. While I support the No Second Night Out programme, it is clear that it is insufficient in itself to deal with the problem of rough sleeping that has grown dramatically across Greater London since 2008. Will you commit to bringing forward new proposals in the spring to tackle this problem and to ensure that we start to see the number of rough sleepers in London reduce?


Answer for Rough sleeping

Answer for Rough sleeping

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am committed to ending rough sleeping in London, and thanks to No Second Night. Out, around three quarters of those new to the streets now spend only one night out.  This is one of several projects funded by the GLA. One of the reasons for the increase in rough sleeping in London - and a factor that makes tackling it particularly challenging - is the marked increase in the number of non-UK nationals sleeping rough. We are in discussion with both the Home Office and DCLG about options for addressing this issue, as well as supporting the array of good practice partners have already developed.