The council spends more than any other local authority in the UK on tackling rough sleeping and helping people off the streets.
Our work means that there is a route away from the street for everyone. Over half of new rough sleepers met by our outreach teams never see a second night out and there is a bed space for everyone in genuine need of help.
Our new draft Rough Sleeping Strategy sets out how over the next 3 years we will focus on further reducing rough sleeping by preventing even more people from ending up on the streets. Where someone is already sleeping rough, it shows how we will do all we can to support them away from the streets as quickly as possible, helping them to turn their lives around.
To achieve this, some of the new proposals in the Rough Sleeping Strategy include:
It also sets out how we will do this and more at a time of significant funding pressures, by taking a leadership role and becoming more creative about how we, and our partners, help people to rebuild their lives. There are many reasons why people sleep on the streets of Westminster, not all of which the council can control, which makes it all the more important to work together.
With the right solutions and bold actions, rough sleeping is not inevitable. It is harmful and dangerous, and the longer someone sleeps on the street, the more harmful and dangerous it gets. Our draft Rough Sleeping Strategy shows how all our efforts over the next 3 years will be directed at getting more people off the streets.
This is your opportunity to have your say on our proposals and let us know if you think we should be doing anything differently.