Removal of rough sleepers - Home Office immigration enforcement (4)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2017
Reference: 
2017/2203
Question By: 
Sian Berry
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

According to a Freedom of Information response (ref: MGLA240117-0409) the GLA's London Street Rescue outreach team, has coordinated eight visits to rough sleepers with the Home Office immigration, compliance and enforcement team (ICE). Through these coordinated visits, 28 people were detained and nine people repatriated.  Do you agree that this coordinated approach may reduce the willingness of rough sleepers to cooperate with homelessness charities, and the public to report rough sleepers?

Answer

Answer for Removal of rough sleepers - Home Office immigration enforcement (4)

Answer for Removal of rough sleepers - Home Office immigration enforcement (4)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

No, since a coordinated approach means that whenever the Home Office is engaged in finding non-UK nationals sleeping rough, a borough or GLA-commissioned outreach service will be present to offer rough sleepers, particularly those who are vulnerable or at risk of becoming so, support to avoid enforcement action.