Homelessness among 16 and 17 year olds (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2242
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Every year almost 4,000 16/17 year olds present as homeless in London.  Will you consider commissioning specialist services for these vulnerable young people through your rough sleeping budget?

Answers

Answer for Homelessness among 16 and 17 year olds (1)
Homelessness among 16 and 17 year olds (1)

Homelessness among 16 and 17 year olds (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is the local authorities who have a legal duty to accommodate young people who are homeless and meet the statutory guidelines. Young people may be classified as homeless but often have alternative means of temporary accommodation and therefore it is rare that they are seen rough sleeping on London's streets.

As a result, there were only nine people under 18 seen rough sleeping in London in 2014/15 (this info can be found at http://data.london.gov.uk/dataset/chain-reports) and there is currently provision for this group within existing GLA rough sleeping services.

This answer was received on 14/08/15.