While the numbers of homeless on the streets of London has fallen, there is still a large number of people sleeping...
While the numbers of homeless on the streets of London has fallen, there is still a large number of people sleeping on the streets in towns and cities around Britain, BBC Radio 4's Today programme reported this morning. The main factor in the reduction of numbers in London has been the spending of £96 million under the Rough sleepers Initiative targeted at the homeless sleeping rough.
A report from Bristol said that city has the largest number of rough sleepers outside of London.
Sir George Young, housing minister, said that London now has half the numbers of people sleeping rough that it had in 1991. He said: 'Our view is that outside London local authorities and voluntary groups ought to be able to deal with the situation. It is wrong for central government throughout the country to disengage local authorities.'