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We have a long way to go to reduce rough sleeping in Newham

5th July 2021
Last week a decrease in rough sleeping in Newham was revealed. However, it has risen by 94% in the last ten years in London.

The annual CHAIN (Combined Homelessness and Information Network) report was released last week, which reports on rough sleeping across London. Between April 2020 and March 2021, it was reported that fewer people were seen sleeping rough on the streets of Newham. The collective effort and success of the government’s Everyone In scheme made this possible. The scheme supported over 37,000 people from the streets into emergency accommodation over lockdown.

The longer-term statistics from the CHAIN report reveal a worrying trend. Over the past 10 years, rough sleeping has increased by 94% in London. With the furlough scheme due to end and the eviction ban being lifted we are expecting a surge of homelessness to hit London. We must regain that collective push seen last year – with collaboration from central and local government, charities and community leaders - to end rough sleeping for good. 

Amanda Dubarry, Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House, said, “We’re pleased to have been part of the collective effort over lockdown to support people who were rough sleeping into emergency accommodation. But despite the encouraging CHAIN report figures, we are already seeing a steady rise in rough sleeping since April. While Newham saw 147 less people on the streets last year, we still have a long way to go as 578 people slept rough during that time. Newham’s rough sleeping levels are far too high, and shouldn’t be anywhere near the levels of some of Inner London. We need to increase momentum towards ending rough sleeping for good, and Caritas Anchor House looks forward to being part of this effort alongside the local authority.”

The longer-term statistics from the CHAIN report reveal a worrying trend, for the past 10 years rough sleeping has increased by 94% in London. With the furlough scheme due to end and the eviction ban being lifted we are expecting a surge of homelessness to hit London - we need to regain that collective push seen last year to end rough sleeping for good. 

Here are some of the key findings from the CHAIN report for Newham and London, from April 2020 to March 2021:

  • 578 people were seen rough sleeping in Newham - a decrease of 146 compared to 2019/20 (724).

  • Newham now has fifth highest number of people sleeping rough out of all the London boroughs, having been second in 2019/20.

  • Newham has seen the second highest reduction in people sleeping rough cout of all the London boroughs, after Westminster.

  • A total of 11,018 people were seen rough sleeping in London during 2020/21. That is an increase of 3% compared to 10,726 seen in 2019/20.

  • 7,531 people were seen rough sleeping for the first time in 2020/21, that’s an increase of 7% since last year.

  • Rough sleeping has risen by 35% in London over the last five years. Over the last ten years we’ve seen a 94% increase.

Read the full report here (PDF)

 

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