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

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.

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.