London rough sleeping falls 4%

Latest figures show rough sleeping in the capital has fallen on last year.

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Outreach teams have recorded 2,584 people sleeping rough in the capital in the past quarter, a 4% decrease on the year before.

The information is from St Mungo’s CHAIN dataset, which contains statistical information on people sleeping rough in London.

The data, which is produced quarterly, found of the above figure, 1,206 people were recorded sleeping rough in London for the first time, lower than the 2016 figure of 1,221.

80% of those recorded were noted down as only sleeping one night rough, which is a 4% increase from last year.

The number of new rough sleepers that went on to live on the streets decreased by 50% compared to the same period last year.

The data also found that those living on the streets or intermittently living on the streets both fell.

Southwark, Westminster and Camden are the top three boroughs that reported the highest number of new rough sleepers.

However, despite this, Westminster still recorded a drop in rough sleeping across the board.

Looking at the data borough by borough in the capital, Ealing fares badly.

Between April – June 2016, Ealing reported 27 new rough sleepers.

But this year they reported the largest increase in rough sleeping across each category: new rough sleepers (100%), people living on the streets (75%), intermittent rough sleepers (30%), and total rough sleepers (63%).

Brent was the best performing borough, reporting the largest decline in each of the above measures.

The outreach teams data used also found 56% of people recorded by outreach teams as sleeping rough across London were of UK origin, with 21% being being Central or Eastern European origin.

Other trends the research picked up on was in support needs or previous experiences.

79% of rough sleepers in London reported one or more support needs (i.e. alcohol, drugs and/or mental health) with a total of 49% assessed as having mental health support needs.

The teams also found 55% of rough sleepers reported experiences of the armed forces, care or prison.

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