Rise in homelessness in London

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Local London Assembly Member John Biggs today visited the Whitechapel Mission in Tower Hamlets to see how the increase in the number rough sleepers has affected the services they offer. Figures released this week by Crisis shows overcrowding in Tower Hamlets is running at the rate of 17%.

Homeless charity Crisis reported this week that in London, there has been a rise of 13% in recorded rough sleeping in 2012/13, pushing the two year increase to over 60%. There has been an increase in both UK and overseas nationals sleeping rough in London.

Local London Assembly Member John Biggs said:

“The festive season can be incredibly hard for people who are struggling to get their lives on track. I was honoured to see first-hand the wonderful work of the Whitechapel Mission that gives up to 300 homeless people a day advice, support and practical help.

“Rough sleeping has increased every single year since Boris Johnson took office in 2008.  This is in spite of the Mayor’s pledge to end rough sleeping in London by the time of the Olympic Games.”

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