August 21, 1936, Public Assistance Journal and Health & Hospital Review

On the issue of vagrancy in London: ‘It is highly probable that a large number of vagrants in their wanderings touch London…in a six months period the London Public Assistance Committee has dealings with some 13000 separate individuals who have been in a state of homeless destitution in London.’

A central welfare office had been set up as a ‘primary interviewing station, sorting house and guide to a comprehensive system that aims at giving constructive help’.

Work was also underway to ensure a spirit of co-operation between all the major voluntary organisations and hostels, including the Salvation Army, Church Army and the London County Council’s own hostel and residential training centres.

It was found that there were sufficient beds in the hostels and homes run by the voluntary associations to meet need and that co-ordination could be improved by the opening of a night office.