By its central location and home to so many iconic tourist attractions, Westminster attracts many desperate people looking to raise cash to feed drink and drug addictions.
In recent months a new, very dangerous drug known as spice has hit the streets and been taken up by a growing number of rough sleepers. There are a number of different strains of the drug which either comatose the user or makes them very violent. It is also incredibly cheap. A bag of spice can be bought for as little as an hour of begging on the street.
Your ward councillors have lobbied the Council and police to ensure everything possible is being done to combat this worrying new development. We can assure you that there is a bed for every rough sleeper in Westminster who wants one and outreach teams are out on the street every night of the year.
However, spice usage is making it increasingly difficult for our services to work effectively with the homeless because of the adverse effect the drug is having on them.
The council has just launched an awareness campaign aimed at persuading the public not to give to beggars but to instead donate to the homeless charities that work in Westminster. By ensuring we have the personnel out on the street and preventing the ability to buy spice we hope we can help those on the street turn their lives around.
If you do come across rough sleepers in your area you can alert streetlink.org.uk who will send outreach workers to make contact with them. If you are suffering from street drinkers in your vicinity please let us know and we will liaise with the council and the police on your behalf.