The number of rough sleepers found by outreach teams on London’s streets has increased by 13% over the past year.
6,437 people were seen sleeping rough between April 1 2012 and March 31 2013 compared with 5,678 for the previous year. It comes on top of a 43% increase in 2010/11.
The figures were released in the Street to Home CHAIN annual report collated by Broadway which records the work undertaken by charities such as Thames Reach, which runs a series of outreach teams operating across the capital.
The report also showed that only 3% or 197 of the total of rough sleepers in the capital were seen in all four quarters of the period indicating that efforts to help people living on the streets were successful.
The number of people who were only seen once on the streets was 3,255, rising from 70% to 75%, indicating the success of the No Second Night Out strategy in London.
Just over half, or 53% of the total of rough sleepers, were non UK nationals with Central and Eastern Europeans making up 28% of the total.
12% or 786 of the total people sleeping rough were female.
Recent reports about youth homelessness weren’t backed up by the CHAIN annual report which indicated that only six people under 18 or less than 0.1% of the total were found by outreach teams. 3,708 or 58% of London's rough sleepers were aged between 26-45 while nine per cent or 581 of London’s rough sleepers were over 55.