Gavin, in the nicest possible way, please stop and think before you come up with your usual response.
Yes there are many East European rough sleepers in London according to many reports. London being a capital city, like any capital city or indeed any large city will attract people who may go there in the hope of work or other reasons. Yet because one area London may well have a sizeable number of East Europeans doesnt mean other areas will have them does it?
If London has 0.13 rough sleepers per thousand and has many East Europeans, does that mean the South West with 0.15 has 15.38% more Eastern Europeans sleeping rough than London? It doesnt follow does it?
If London has 20.45% of rough sleepers counted does that mean because London may have a sizeable proportion of rough sleepers being of Eastern European origin that the rest of the country does? That doesnt follow either does it?
You could of course be right. Yet given that London has historically had the vast majority of services dealing with rough sleepers could it be that
(a) its proportion of them is skewed?
(b) if other cities or areas had the same level of rough sleeper organisations would the national count be so much higher?
(c) that many rough sleepers, perhaps the overwhelming majority of them, are indigenous British?
In the past ten years I've travelled to Spain, USA. Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, France and Luxembourg (amongst other places) and in every one of those countries Ive seen British people sleeping rough and / or begging. Friends of mine have reported seeing British rough sleepers in Poland, Slovakia and Bulgaria too.
In summary, there is known to be a sizeable number of rough sleepers in London of Eastern European origin. Agencies working with them confirm this. Yet to simply deduce that Britain doesnt have a rough sleeper problem at home or abroad and that Brits dont sleep rough is disingenuous. They do and a 23% rise in those counted and thats all this figure is, the counted total which is much less than the real amount, is a staggering fact. Shame they smell a bit and a few dont speak English eh?