With temperatures unlikely to rise much above freezing, the plight of the country's thousands of homeless people has been highlighted by charity workers, who are urging local authorities to step up relief efforts.
Volunteers working with church and secular homeless relief and action groups over the Christmas period have accused the government of failing to respond adequately to the needs of rough sleepers during the cold snap.
The Anglican Church in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province has awarded its Order of the Holy Nativity to the head of a shack-dwellers' movement for being a "beacon of dignity and hope" in standing against injustice.
Charity groups Crisis and Housing Justice say that volunteering over the Christmas season and beyond can play a vital role in alleviating the problems of the capital's homeless and addressing key housing concerns.
A new website called 'Faith in Affordable Housing' is being launched today at Church House Westminster, headquarters of the Church of England.It aims to help churches use land and property to meet housing needs.
People living and working with the homeless in central London have said it is hard to have faith in the Government's initiatives for rough sleepers, whilst it continues to deny the scale of the problem.
St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in London and campaigning network Housing Justice will next week hold an Annual Service of Commemoration for those homeless people who have died in the capital in the past year.