29 June 2012
St Mungo's Chief Executive Charles Fraser has urged central and local government to focus priorities on preventing rough sleeping in London after the announcement of startling new figures.
New figures out today show a 43% increase in people seen rough sleeping in London.
In 2011/12 5,678 people were seen sleeping rough compared to 3,975 in 2010/11
Charles Fraser, St Mungo's Chief Executive, said:
"These new figures show a startling rise. Let's not forget that behind each number is an individual in need. We support the No Second Night Out initiative in the capital and what that has achieved but with services stretched and demand rising, we need to ensure the capacity is in place to help people off the streets. This raises the important question; is preventing rough sleeping high enough on the agenda?"
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Source: Street to Home Bulletin 2011/12 from Broadway CHAIN - http://www.broadwaylondon.org/CHAIN/Reports/S2Hbulletin201112.pdf