Rough sleeping in London

MQT on 2016-03-16
Session date: 
March 16, 2016
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Four years after you pledged to end rough sleeping in London, how do you respond to figures published by the Department for Communities and Local Government which found that 940 people were sleeping rough on London's streets on a typical night in autumn 2015, compared to 742 the year before - an increase of 198 (27%)?


Answer for Rough sleeping in London

Answer for Rough sleeping in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Street counts are only a snapshot of rough sleeping on one night of the year. The UK Statistics Authority recently suggested they do not meet the standard for national statistics. More robust information is captured by the CHAIN database that I commission. Data recorded there showed a 16 per cent increase in rough sleeping in the capital between 2013/14 and 2014/15. I invest around £9 million a year in vital services for rough sleepers and, largely thanks to No Second Night Out, almost three quarters of those new to the streets now spend only one night out.