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Increase in people sleeping rough in London is devastating - Tom Copley AM

Commenting on new rough sleeping figures for London which show that on a single night there were 940 rough sleepers in the capital in autumn 2015, a 27% rise on the same snapshot period in 2014, Labour’s London Assembly Housing Spokesperson Tom Copley said:

“Today’s figures highlight the devastating human consequences of Boris Johnson’s failure to tackle rough sleeping in London. For a Mayor who was elected in 2008 on a pledge to eradicate rough sleeping by the London Olympics, the record will show that it increased every single year under his mayoralty, with more than double the numbers on the streets in 2016 compared to when he took office. 

"From spiralling housing costs, poor standards for renters and increases in rough sleepers its clear Boris Johnson’s primary legacy will be London’s housing crisis.”

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