Leading candidates in London’s Mayoral Elections 2008 pledged to eradicate homelessness before they left office. The number of people living rough in London grew by a staggering 75 per cent to 6,437 last year. While debates ensue that this is due to a huge cut in housing benefits, welfare reforms and a lack of affordable housing, bettering the lives of these people still has no solution in sight. On Friday, our companion Anila took to the streets in a charitable initiative to experience firsthand what it felt like to be alone, homeless and on streets in London’s freezing climes.