London rough sleeping was rising at fastest rate since 2011 pre-lockdown

Figures show 21% increase in people spending night without shelter in year to March

Record numbers of people were sleeping rough on the streets of London before the coronavirus lockdown, figures show.

According to the Combined Homelessness and Information Network (Chain), 10, 726 people spent a night without shelter between April 2019 and March 2020, a 21% increase on the previous year and a 170% increase since 2010.

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