Tackling Rough Sleeping

Our city has more rough sleepers on its streets than the next four highest London boroughs combined. Despite doing much good outreach work in this area, Westminster Council faces an uphill battle if it cannot stem the number of rough sleepers becoming entrenched in a street lifestyle. That’s why I will continue to support the Council’s efforts to stop vulnerable people from becoming long-term rough sleepers by pressing the Government for greater powers to remove tents from public spaces.

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Homeless Strategy Consultation

As many of you will be aware, homelessness is an issue I have been working hard on since I first entered Parliament and one of the biggest issues we face both here in Westminster and nationally.

The Frontline Challenges of Addressing Rough Sleeping

Our city has more rough sleepers on its streets than the next four highest London boroughs combined and is where you will find some of the most complex cases of entrenched rough sleeping you can imagine.

Rough Sleeping Update

Correspondence regarding rough sleeping in the City has been an unfortunate constant of my mailbag throughout my time as your local MP. However, there is no denying that over the past few years the issue has grown worse as we see more and more tent encampments spring up in our public spaces.

The Government's Rough Sleeping Initiative

I am delighted to write that yesterday the Communities Secretary, James Brokenshire MP, announced that the Government will be allocating £534,466 to Westminster Council and £215,348 to the City from its Rough Sleeping Initiative fund.

Westminster Street Population Summit

Cllr Nickie Aiken yesterday chaired a roundtable meeting of local stakeholders including councillors, Council officials, the Metropolitan Police, service providers, charities, businesses and residents to address the pressing issue of rough sleeping and begging, especially in relation to increasin

Homelessness & Rough Sleeping

Mark made the following contributions to a Westminster Hall debate on homelessness tabled by Shabana Mahmood MP. 

Supporting St Mungo’s

Last Monday I helped launch an exhibition in the House of Commons to celebrate St Mungo’s fortieth anniversary and their latest project, Street Stories.

Mark Visits The Connection

This morning Mark visited The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields to learn about the work they do to help the homeless in the constituency.