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“Boris has failed London’s rough sleepers”

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June 9th, 2014

Responding to the Mayor’s comments on the ‘rough-sleeping spikes’, Tom Copley, London Assembly Labour Group Housing spokesperson, has attacked the Mayor for his failure to tackle rough sleeping in the capital. In 2008 Boris promised to end rough sleeping by December 2012, however, on his watch it has risen every year.

Total rough sleeping figures for London are:

  • 2009/10 base: 3673
  • 2010/11 base: 3975
  • 2011/12 base: 5678
  • 2012/13 base: 6437

 

Tom Copley, London Assembly Labour Group Housing spokesperson, said:

“That anyone at all should be sleeping rough in one of the richest cities in the world is bad enough, but using metal spikes to deter rough sleepers is cruel and inhumane. Having promised to end rough sleeping by the end of 2012, Boris Johnson has in fact presided over a doubling of the number of people who sleep rough since he took office.”

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