Westminster council is working with national government, the GLA and London councils to support rough sleepers

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Westminster council has issued a statement to quash rumours that other London boroughs had been housing rough sleepers in the City's empty hotels and expecting it to look after them and pick up the bill. It seems loose talk and incorrect facts were put about at a meeting in April between residents and councillors in …

Soup kitchen appeals for financial help after record number of homeless and hungry people queue for a meal

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A soup kitchen feeding the homeless and hungry in central London has issued an urgent appeal for financial help after experiencing its busiest day ever where they struggled to serve a long queue of people while maintaining social distancing to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Alex Brown the director of the long running Soup …

Camden Council gets £870k to tackle rough sleeping

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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 …

Volunteers sought for Camden rough sleeper count

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Camden Safer Streets Team will be carrying out a comprehensive count of people sleeping rough in the borough this week and is looking for volunteers from the community to help. In the autumn of 2017 an official count revealed that there were total of 1,137 rough sleepers in London. Camden reported the largest increase from …

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

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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 …

Volunteers are needed to help with Camden rough sleeper count

Someone sleeping on the street under a blanket.

Volunteers are being asked to help with counting the number of people sleeping rough in Camden this summer after concerns about the large increase in street homeless in the borough. "The Safer Streets Team will be carrying out a comprehensive count of people sleeping rough in Camden on a night in July and we are …

It is the increasing number of UK nationals not migrants who are pushing up rough sleeper numbers

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The Times newspaper this morning runs a story with the misleading headline: "Migrants drive 50% rise in rough sleepers". In its article The Times reports on yesterday's release of official statistics of numbers of homeless people sleeping outside during the autumn of 2016. "More than 20 per cent of those identified as rough sleepers were …

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 …

Residents invited to discuss West End Project and rough sleeping

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Camden's Bloomsbury ward councillors have invited residents in Fitzrovia to attend a public meeting this week to discuss plans for Tottenham Court Road and concerns about people sleeping on the streets. In an email to residents councillors Adam Harrison, Sabrina Francis and Rishi Madlani say they will give an update on these two issues. The West End Project -- …

Makers of docudrama hope to educate people about the realities of sleeping rough

Woman sleeping on the pavement.

A new film called Sleeping Rough will dramatise the lives of three people who tell their stories of how they came to be homeless and living on the streets. Henry Aughterson, a third year medical student at University College London (UCL) and who lives in Camden, took part in research for the film and told Fitzrovia News about the project …

Is rough sleeping in London really in decline?

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The latest statistics from the Greater London Authority (GLA) state that there are now significantly less people sleeping on the streets than there were a year ago. Yet local anecdotal evidence suggests that rough sleeping is not in decline. The latest quarterly rough sleeping figures for London which covers the period July to September 2016 …

Westminster Council seeks views on rough sleeping strategy

Westminster City Council is seeking views on its new draft Rough Sleeping Strategy which sets out how it will tackle the problem over the next three years. "Rough sleeping is a growing problem nationally, but is particularly acute in Westminster, which has by far the highest number of rough sleepers in the country", states the draft Rough Sleeping …

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 …

Soup kitchen launches emergency appeal after rise in rough sleepers and cuts to benefits

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A small charity serving free food and handing out warm clothing for the homeless and those living in poverty has seen an increase in demand for its service this winter but is struggling to cover its own running costs. The Soup Kitchen at the rear of the American International Church in Tottenham Court Road is open for two hours, five …