Number of people sleeping rough on London night buses rises by 20 per cent

Rough sleeping on London’s night buses has soared by more than 20 per cent over the past four years, according to an internal report from Transport for London.

The report has exposed the shocking extent of the problem in the capital, with the number of people sleeping on buses during the bitter months of November to January alone rising by a staggering 121 per cent between 2012/2013 and last winter.

Overall, there had been an increase of 22 per cent in reports of rough sleepers throughout the whole of last year compared to the average number of reports over the past four years.

In 2015 a total of 213 incidents were reported, compared to an average 174.3 over the preceeding four years.

The boroughs where the most incidents were reported were Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham, Redbridge, Southwark and Waltham Forest – with Westminster having more than three times the number of reports as the next highest boroughs.

It was suggested that this was due to the large number of bus routes passing through the borough, as well as the vibrant night time economy in the area.

The report has exposed the shocking extent of the problem in the capital, with the number of people sleeping on buses during the bitter months of November to January alone rising by a staggering 121 per cent between 2012/2013 and last winter.

Overall, there had been an increase of 22 per cent in reports of rough sleepers throughout the whole of last year compared to the average number of reports over the past four years.

In 2015 a total of 213 incidents were reported, compared to an average 174.3 over the preceeding four years.

The boroughs where the most incidents were reported were Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham, Redbridge, Southwark and Waltham Forest – with Westminster having more than three times the number of reports as the next highest boroughs.

It was suggested that this was due to the large number of bus routes passing through the borough, as well as the vibrant night time economy in the area.

Read more here: http://streetskitchen.co.uk/number-of-people-sleeping-rough-on-london-night-buses-rises-by-20-per-cent/

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