Rough sleeping in London

MQT on 2018-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2018
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Rough sleeping in London has doubled since 2010. I welcome the work the Mayor has done since being elected in 2016 to tackle this problem - but what are the causes, as far as your office can ascertain, for the rise in rough sleeping in the first place?


Answer for Rough sleeping in London

Answer for Rough sleeping in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The causes of rough sleeping are complex and every person's story is unique. Factors that can contribute to why people end up on the streets include relationship breakdown, job loss, substance misuse, and unmet mental health support needs. The steep rise since 2010 is largely due to changes to welfare, cuts to council and other support services, and the increased cost and scarcity of private rented sector accommodation, and the fact many non-UK EU nationals are not eligible for welfare benefits.