London homeless on the rise

Charities say the Government must not 'sweep away' safety nets for homeless people. Credit: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Homelessness is on the rise in London, sparking calls from charities for the Government to do more to help those 'sleeping rough'.

New research shows there has been a 43% rise in homelessness in London in the past year.

Across England, the number of people sleeping rough increased by 23% between Autumn 2010 and Autumn 2011 reached more than 2,000.