The number of rough sleepers in the Square Mile rose to 67 during autumn 2018, up 86% on the year before.
The City Corporation together with partners such as St Mungo’s has already taken extra steps to prevent rough sleeping, such organising temporary support hubs, provide extra funding for services, support a pan-London approach and looking at ways to tackle the underlying causes of rough sleeping and homelessness. But many City councillors like myself believe more can and should be done to help people find a path out of a life on the streets, such as:
- Looking into accommodating a permanent support hub in the Square Mile
- Strengthen our pan-London commitments and support a cross agency approach
- Repeal the 1824 Vagrancy Act to stop criminalisation of vulnerable people who need our support, not a criminal record