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29 Jun 2018

Mayor launches new help for rough sleepers

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  • Mayor warns levels are still at crisis point in London and demands Government action
  • Sadiq announces plan to double number of outreach workers and offer more help for rough sleepers with an extra £3.3 million he has secured from Ministers
  • Mayor warns problem has been allowed to spiral out of control and publishes new Plan of Action of how £574 million investment would help all rough sleepers off the streets

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today published City Hall’s first ever Plan of Action to tackle rough sleeping, demanding the Government invests £574 million over five years to provide a long-term, sustainable route off the streets for all rough sleepers in the capital.

The plan comes as official statistics, published today, show a drop in the number of people sleeping rough in the capital for the first time in a decade. In the last year (2017/18), 7,484 people were seen by outreach workers in London compared to 8,108 in 2016/17 – an eight per cent decrease.

Sadiq already spends £8.45 million a year on services tackling rough sleeping, including outreach teams who work 24/7 to find people sleeping rough, No Second Night Out hubs to help new rough sleepers, and two teams supporting rough sleepers once they move into accommodation. Last year, 87 per cent of people helped by Mayoral services left the streets.

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