Help people sleeping rough, don't just move the problem on

Monday, 9 June 2014 - 10:25am

Our response to news reports about the use of metal spikes in the floor to discourage rough sleeping.

It’s shocking to see the use of metal spikes to discourage rough sleeping and hardly helps deal with  the rising number of people who are forced to sleep on our streets.

Many people who sleep rough just don’t know where to turn and are amongst the most vulnerable in our society. Sleeping on the streets is dangerous, bad for your health and individuals need support.

This approach is not only inhumane, it does nothing to tackle the causes of rough sleeping and just moves the issue on for someone else to deal with.

Luckily most people are concerned if they see someone sleeping rough. The most practical thing you can do is help connect individuals to local support by calling StreetLink on 0300 500 0914.

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Jacqui McCluskey

Jacqui McCluskey

Director of policy and communications

Jacqui leads the externally focused policy and communications functions of Homeless Link, as well as line managing the policy director of the MEAM (Making Every Adult Matter) Coalition with Clinks, DrugScope and Mind.

Telephone: 020 7840 4429
Twitter: @JacMcCluskey

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