Camden Council gets £870k to tackle rough sleeping

Someone sleeping on the street under a blanket.

Camden Council has secured £870,000 of government funding to assist homeless people in the borough after a count of rough sleepers identified a more accurate picture of its street population. The money, from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), is the highest amount awarded for any individual local authority. Neighbouring Westminster Council …

Tributes left for homeless man who died sleeping on Tottenham Court Road

Flowers left on pavement.

Bunches of flowers and messages have been left on Tottenham Court Road in memory of a homeless man who died last week while sleeping on the street. The Huffington Post reports that a man who was aged in his 40s and was known as "Irish Keith" died on the pavement outside Curry's PC World in …

Only 17 people sleep rough in the whole of the borough says Camden Council

Someone sleeping on the street under a blanket.

Camden Council has told the Department for Communities and Local Government that there were only 17 rough sleepers on a "typical night" across the entire London borough in the autumn of 2016, according to official statistics released today. The figure of 17 is just not credible by any stretch of the imagination. Camden claims to have …

Is Camden Council telling the truth on rough sleeping?

Woman sleeping on the pavement.

Camden Council has told the government that there were only 15 rough sleepers on a "typical night" in the whole of the borough during the autumn of 2015, far fewer than the number in statistics published by the Greater London Authority. Camden didn't bother to go out and count rough sleepers but did an estimate instead, yet …

Homelessness is not a ‘lifestyle choice’

A man under a blanket on a park bench.

“When one has consorted with them, and found that they are ordinary human beings, one cannot help being struck by the curious attitude that society takes towards them,” wrote George Orwell about the homeless in his 1933 memoir, Down and Out in Paris and London. What would Orwell, who championed clarity and transparency in writing, …

Counting rough sleepers in the London Borough of Camden

cover of rough sleepers report.

Camden Council says the are only five rough sleepers in the whole of the borough, far fewer than neighbouring Westminster, Islington or the City of London, according to the official figures published in February. But anyone walking through Camden late at night or in the early morning will think that five is not a credible number, nor does it …

Cold weather initiative takes in record number of street sleepers in Camden

Screenshots of mobile app.

Camden's Street Safe Team (SST) has been out in the borough recently finding rough sleepers and offering them a bed under the Severe Weather Emergency Provision (SWEP) scheme. They have also produced a mobile app to make it easier for the public to help Camden's street sleepers and get them the support they need. SWEP is …