Number of rough sleepers in Hackney goes down

PUBLISHED: 18:11 31 July 2017 | UPDATED: 18:11 31 July 2017

A file image of a homeless man holding a sign in London. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A file image of a homeless man holding a sign in London. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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The number of homeless people on London’s streets has doubled in the last seven years, but Hackney has seen a five per cent reduction, new figures show.

Only six of London’s 32 boroughs have had a decrease in the number of people on the streets since 2010.

Property site Sell House Fast has compiled statistics published by Sadiq Khan’s office, which show 8,768 people slept rough in the 12 months leading up to April.

Hackney has made efforts to reduce the problem and is set to open a 148-room hostel in Seven Sisters Road after paying £36million for the site.

The deal was announced in March, when 2,850 households were in temporary accommodation – up 446 on the previous year.

Barnet’s 44pc was the biggest decrease, while outer-London boroughs Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Bexley and Redbridge all saw spikes of more than 60pc.

Westminster has the most rough sleepers at 2,767.

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