Commenting on CHAIN statistics showing a rise in rough sleeping in London, Reform Researcher, Imogen Farhan, said:
“The spike in rough sleepers across London adds to the evidence that current Government policy is not working.
“An absence of long-term funds for council services has meant that the Homelessness Reduction Act and the Rough Sleeping Strategy, which were meant to bolster efforts to prevent homelessness, have failed to do so in the Capital.
“Housing Benefit also falls woefully short of covering the cost of renting in the private sector. In every London borough, the shortfall between Housing Benefit and the actual cost of renting exceeds £100 per month.
“This is a toxic cocktail which needs urgent attention if the rise in rough sleeping is to be reduced.”
Covered in The Independent and The Big Issue.