Rough Sleeping (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
June 17, 2015
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Darren Johnson AM:  Yes.  Very quickly, when the Assembly looked at rough sleeping last year, one of the key findings was that in spite of the support services promoted and funded by City Hall, it is very easy in this very fragmented system to fall through the cracks. 

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  Yes.

Darren Johnson AM:  Do you see that there is a greater co-ordination role for City Hall, working with boroughs on this?


Supplementary To: 


Answer for Rough Sleeping (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Rough Sleeping (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  There is.  That is why the London Delivery Board, headed by Ric [Ric Blakeway, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Planning], was given £33 million by the Government.  It recognised that we were brining all the agencies together.  A huge amount of work has been done and is being done.  We have a big problem with rough sleeping.  We have discussed it many times before.  It is getting slightly better now and the real peak has passed, but there is still a challenge. 

The crucial thing is NSNO.  Do not allow people to get into the habit and the terrible, self-defeating mind-set that sometimes rough sleepers get into when they feel there is no other way.  The NSNO outreach programme is the right thing and, although we have seen an increase in rough sleeping, we have also seen a big increase in the proportion that spends only one night on the streets.

Darren Johnson AM:  Thank you.