As temperatures soar, rough sleeping in Waltham Forest has increased by 46 per cent, it has been revealed.

According to the latest GLA figures, 137 rough sleepers were counted by outreach workers between between April 2018 and March 2019, compared to 94 over the same period the year before.

The number of rough sleepers logged on London’s streets also rose by 18 per cent to 8,855 over the last year.

The most recent figures from the Office of National Statistics indicated 136 homeless people died in London in 2017. And at least 90 homeless Londoners have died since October 2017, according to the Bureau’s investigation website.

Waltham Forest’s Local London Assembly Member, Jennette Arnold, said: “It is chilling and profoundly concerning to see rough sleeping on the rise in our community.”

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, has written to the Prime Minister urging the Government to reverse its “damaging welfare reforms” and significantly improve the support framework available to those with complex immigration cases.

In June 2018, the Mayor called on the Government to invest £574million over five years to support a range of new services, initiatives and preventative programmes that his office and other partners would be responsible for delivering.

A report published by the GLA this week concluded City Hall needs seven times the amount of housing funding it currently receives from the Government, if the Mayor is to meet his affordable housing targets.

From City Hall, the Mayor has doubled his rough sleeping budget and increased the size of his outreach team.

Other mayoral policies include Clerkenwell Fire Station being brought back into use to provide homeless services to LGBTIQ+ Londoners, and a £11 million investment in April to provide temporary modular homes for homeless families.

Ms Arnold continued: “The Government’s callous welfare reforms and failure to provide the necessary support to those with complex immigration cases are pushing more of the most vulnerable Londoners onto the streets and into the most desperate situations.

“With the right and robust political will, we can reverse this shameful situation. The Mayor has taken stringent action to reach out to homeless Londoners and lift them out of destitution, but Government intervention and funding has been lacking.

“It’s high-time that the Government listened to our calls and properly invested in homelessness services and the delivery of the genuinely affordable housing that the capital needs. They must finally put an end to austerity which has plunged so many Londoners into poverty and exacerbated the levels of inequality fragmenting our society.”

Londoners can refer rough sleepers to support services through the Streetlink app and donate money to the London Homeless Charities Group through the Contactless TAP points located at different locations in the city.