Housing Minister Sir George Young today welcomed the results of the latest voluntary sector audit of rough sleeping...
Housing Minister Sir George Young today welcomed the results of the latest voluntary sector audit of rough sleeping in central London. The count found 287 people sleeping rough on the night of 18 November - a fall of over 70 from a directly comparable count six months before.
This represents a further considerable decrease from estimates that over 1,000 people slept rough in central London each night before the Government's Rough Sleepers Initiative (RSI) began in 1990.
The independent, voluntary sector count found 287 people sleeping rough in key central London areas such as King's Cross, Victoria and the West End. Just three people were aged under 18.
Moreover, since the count, 360 extra places have opened in Government-funded 'winter shelters' in central London, that provide free, directly accessible accommodation for people who might otherwise sleep rough over the winter.