Question: Homelessness in London (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-06-17
Session date: 
June 17, 2015
Reference: 
2015/1902
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The report said that there were nearly 750 people sleeping rough on the streets of London, which accounts for 27 percent of the total national figure. Some 46 percent of the capital's homeless were UK nationals, while others were Polish, Romanian, Irish, Portuguese, African and Asian nationals. What will you do to tackle this rising trend of homelessness in London?

Answer

Answer for Question: Homelessness in London (2)

Answer for Question: Homelessness in London (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is data from the London-specific CHAIN database I commission that tells us about the nationality of rough sleepers seen in the capital: in 2013/14, 54% were non-UK nationals and the proportion has increased in recent years. That is why I fund the London Reconnection service, to assist EU nationals who need support to return home to do so and the non-UK nationals project, which provides accommodation for those who have been sleeping rough and need a bed until they return home or start a job. The Home Office is also a key partner in my Rough Sleeping Group.