The number of young people sleeping rough in London has fallen by six per cent, new statistics reveal.
A total of 830 homeless people under the age of 25 were discovered sleeping on the streets of the nation’s capital the year to the year to March – a fall of 50 since the previous year, the Greater London Authority has announced.
All bar four were over the age of 18 – a number which has also fallen since the previous year, when nine under-18s were found sleeping rough.
The decrease contrasts with an overall increase in the homeless population of approximately six per cent over the same period. Young people made up around ten per cent of the total.
Denise Hatton, chief executive of the YMCA, noted that the total of young people sleeping rough is still higher than it was in the year to 2012, despite the decrease.
“YMCA welcomes news that youth rough sleeping has fallen in London despite the overall numbers of rough sleepers rising once again. It is a positive step forward and evidence of the good work being done to support young people in crisis.”