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04 Oct 2013

Why Has The Number Of People Rough Sleeping Been Rising?

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The Londonist explores the reasons behind the rise in rough sleeping figures in the capital.

The first thing we want to know: what’s behind the rise in rough sleepers? The economy? Benefit caps? “Actually, the rise in people recorded and seen is down to a change in practice,” Petra explains. “No Second Night Out began in April 2011. We changed how we deal with new arrivals on the street, we got to people more quickly. We have a rapid response. There’s a phone line for people to report rough sleepers – identifying, not criminalising,” she’s at pains to point out. “Then an outreach team can get to them. No Second Night Out changed how they work, too. Some teams were working Monday to Friday, now they have seven day a week rotas. New rough sleepers are entered on a database within one hour of being seen and we have 24/7 referral centres where people can be brought immediately.”donist explores the reasons behind why the numbers of rough sleepers being recorded in London have increased.

Read the full interview with our Director, Petra Salva by clicking here


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