London sees shock rise in rough sleepers

Crisis is calling for a change in the law so that no one is turned away by their council to sleep rough.

These statistics are on top of figures from earlier in the year which revealed a 20% increase in the number of people accepted by their councils as homeless and entitled to housing in London, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Thousands more will be getting by in hidden homeless situations, sleeping on the floors of friends and family, in squats or other insecure accommodation.

Independent research for Crisis predicts that the worst is yet to come as the continuing economic downturn combined with the Coalition Government’s radical reforms and weakening of the welfare state will leave many more people facing homelessness.

Shockingly, in the UK there is still no right to shelter, a single homeless person can approach their council for help and be turned away to sleep on the streets. Crisis’ No One Turned Away campaign is pressing for a change in the law so that every homeless person gets the meaningful advice and support they need and no-one is forced to sleep rough.

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  1. Mark Walker

    I have noticed a significant increase in the number of down-and-outs on the streets of my home town of Lancaster since the start of the recession.

    Seeing this article suggests to me that any large centre of population must be seeing their fair share of those suffering.