A London-based charity has rolled out plans to introduce sleeping pods to scores of homeless in the run-up to Christmas as record numbers of people have become rough-sleepers in the capital and other cities mainly as a result of government-sponsored cuts to social welfare budget.
The 999 Club in Deptford East London said on Thursday that it had constructed fire proof containers for homeless people to sleep in.
The containers, 2.1 meters high, 2.1 meters long, and 1.9 meters wide, have a mattress, curtains for privacy and also some storage space, said the charity group.
The group said although the sleeping pods were not a long-term solution to the growing problem of homelessness in London, they do provide a much more practical help to rough-sleepers over the winter period.
“If you get 20 to 30 people sleeping here it can be hard to get privacy – and a big problem for people is snoring,” “The pods offer a little bit more…