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.

News

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.

Meeting with Borough Commander Ch Supt Rob Jones

Following on from yesterday’s Youth Violence Commission meeting, I met with the new Borough Commander, Chief Superintended Rob Jones, for an introductory chat to discuss the merging of Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea in to the Central West Basic Command Unit (BC

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.

Sleeping Rough In The Square Mile

Living as we do in this city centre constituency where the enormously wealthy live cheek by jowl with some of the poorest, most disenfranchised in our society, I believe we are confronted more regularly than most by the issues surrounding rough sleeping.

The Soup Kitchen Dilemma

Concern about rough sleepers and the homeless has featured strongly in my constituency postbag ever since I entered Parliament in 2001. 

Homelessness (A8 Nationals)

Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): There has been an impassioned national debate about the benefits and burdens of the influx of people from eastern Europe since the EU enlargement of May 2004.