Homelessness

Over 3,500 homeless veterans missing out on council support

24/09/2019

Thousands of homeless veterans could be losing out on support and housing available to them, figures reveal as campaign to help homeless veterans is launched.

Casey calls for support to tackle homelessness

16/09/2019

Homelessness expert Dame Louise Casey has issued a call to arms to tackle the rising tide of homelessness around the world.

A household became homeless ‘every four minutes’ last year, figures reveal

12/09/2019

The new Government figures on homelessness in England have revealed the impact of the housing crisis on young people and families.

Domestic abuse survivors face homelessness, charity warns

12/09/2019

A charity has warned that women escaping domestic abuse face the risk of homelessness due to a lack of refuge bed spaces.

Burnham announces £6m for homelessness scheme

09/09/2019

Mayor Andy Burnham has announced a £6m funding package for the second phase of Greater Manchester’s A Bed Every Night scheme.

Spending Round 2019: Chancellor pledges £1.5bn 'down payment' for social care

04/09/2019

Councils will have access to £1.5bn of new funding for social care next year, the chancellor has announced.

Office for Veterans’ Affairs given £5m funding boost

03/09/2019

The Government has announced a £5m fund boost to help support military veterans.

Charity calls for investment in housing benefit to prevent homelessness

02/09/2019

Restoring the Local Housing Allowance benefit to cover the full cost of rents could stop more than 6,000 households being pushed into homelessness, according to campaigners.

Children growing up in ‘B&Bs and shipping containers’, commissioner warns

21/08/2019

Thousands of children are growing up in unsuitable temporary accommodation, commissioner warns – a state of affairs council chiefs blame on a lack of funding.

Council accused of acting ‘unlawfully’ over housing of homeless people

20/08/2019

Glasgow City Council has been threatened with legal action over its failure to provide homeless people with temporary accommodation.

Nearly one third of homeless fatalities occur in temporary accommodation

14/08/2019

New research has revealed that a person affected by homelessness is dying every 19 hours with nearly a third of fatalities occurring in emergency or temporary accommodation.

Khan announces 200 new homes for rough sleepers and victims of domestic abuse

09/08/2019

Up to 200 new homes will be built in London to help former rough sleeps and victims of domestic abuse to leave hostels and refuges.

‘Primary school’s worth’ of children face homelessness this summer

22/07/2019

Next PM told to make homelessness an 'urgent priority' as research finds hundreds of children face being placed into temporary accommodation this summer.

Homeless people denied access to healthcare, study finds

17/07/2019

Homeless people are being denied access to basic healthcare, a new study has revealed.

Benefit freeze ‘fuelling’ homelessness

08/07/2019

The freeze on housing benefits is driving up homelessness in London, the capital’s boroughs have warned.

Council apologises for misinforming homeless teenager about their rights

05/07/2019

Essex County Council has apologised for turning away homeless children from care following a judicial review and has committed to better train its social workers.

Think tank calls for creation of ‘investment state’

03/07/2019

A think tank has called for an end to austerity and the creation of an ‘investment state’ to help boost economic growth.

Labour link funding cuts to homeless deaths

25/06/2019

Local government funding cuts are hitting areas with the highest levels of homeless deaths, according to a new Labour analysis.

Manchester’s rough sleeping scheme secures NHS funding

20/06/2019

NHS in Greater Manchester has agreed to allocate £1.5m to help tackle rough sleeping and homelessness across the region.

Whitehall blasted for trying to solve homelessness ‘on a shoestring’

20/06/2019

An assessment of the state of homelessness prevention has criticised Whitehall for trying to solve the homelessness crisis ‘on a shoestring’.

Calls to scrap ‘draconian’ Vagrancy Act

19/06/2019

A new report has argued the 1824 Vagrancy Act, which makes rough sleeping and begging illegal in England and Wales, is ‘inhumane’ and should be scrapped.

Councils urged to work with credit unions to prevent homelessness

17/06/2019

Councils could save millions of pounds by partnering with credit unions to offer interest free loans to families at risk of eviction, a new study has found.

Nearly 2,000 abuse victims a year struggle to access ‘safe’ council housing

30/05/2019

Around 1,960 people fleeing domestic abuse each year are put at risk of homelessness because they are not eligible for ‘safe, secure housing’, study shows.

Council refuses to accept ruling over treatment of homeless family

30/05/2019

Oadby and Wigston Borough Council has refused to accept an official ruling over its treatment of a homeless family facing domestic violence, according to LGO.

Most councils warn benefit freeze will make more people homeless

15/05/2019

Nine out of 10 councils believe the housing benefit freeze will push more people into homelessness, a new survey has revealed.

Stopping youth homelessness is 'patchy' says think tank

14/05/2019

A year after the Homelessness Reduction Act, progress on youth homelessness prevention is patchy across local authority areas, a think tank has revealed.

Councils urged to apply for funding to improve health of rough sleepers

10/05/2019

Councils are being urged to bid for a share of £1.9m to help support rough sleepers living with a mental illness or substance abuse problem.

Burnham urges Whitehall to declare ‘homelessness emergency’

08/05/2019

The Mayor of Greater Manchester has called on the Government to declare a ‘homelessness emergency’.

Homeless shelter closes due to safety concerns

03/05/2019

A homeless centre in Shrewsbury has been temporarily closed down after safety concerns about the building were brought to Shropshire Council’s attention.

Funding boost to help vulnerable rough sleepers

03/05/2019

More than 100 local authorities are to share £25m funding to help vulnerable rough sleepers to get specialist support.

Council spending on single homeless people falls by £1bn

24/04/2019

Councils have called on the Government to provide more help to tackle homelessness, following figures showing a drop in the amount they spend dealing with it.

Homelessness charity wins £3.6m lottery grant

23/04/2019

A charity which helps people battling with homelessness, long-term unemployment and addiction is set to expand thanks to a grant from the national lottery.

City council drops £100 begging fines

18/04/2019

Southampton City Council has decided to remove its £100 fines for begging after finding the penalty had ‘little effect’.

London council signs a £44.6m partnership to build new homes

17/04/2019

Croydon Council has signed up to a multi-million pound partnership with Legal & General in order to deliver over 160 new homes.

Modular homes to be developed for homeless families in London

16/04/2019

Temporary modular homes are to be developed for homeless families in the capital following a £11m investment by mayor Sadiq Khan.

Cash-strapped councils struggle to fulfil homelessness prevention duties

04/04/2019

Over two thirds of councils say they do not have sufficient funding to fulfil their statutory duty to prevent homelessness.

Homelessness Reduction Act: One year on

25/03/2019

Groundbreaking legislation a year ago gave councils new powers to deal with homelessness, but the problem has not gone away, says Mark Whitehead.

Government announces £46m to tackle rough sleeping

25/03/2019

The communities secretary has announced that £46m will be made available to help councils get people off the streets and into accommodation.

Councils 'struggling to cope' with Homelessness Reduction Act

25/03/2019

A year after the Government took radical steps to reduce homelessness councils are warning they lack the resources to cope with a rising tide of people needing somewhere to live.

Brokenshire announces £1m boost for homeless veterans

20/03/2019

The Government has announced that local areas will be receiving a boost of £1m to help ensure vulnerable veterans do not end up sleeping rough.

Councils collaborate to address homelessness crisis

14/03/2019

Over a dozen London boroughs have joined the collaborative programme Capital Letters, which aims to support homeless households across the capital.

Councils to share £19.5m to unlock private housing for most vulnerable

01/03/2019

Councils are to share nearly £20m to help people at risk of homelessness to move into the private rented sector.

Poor, urban areas see majority of homeless deaths

26/02/2019

Welfare cuts and a lack of social housing are driving the homelessness crisis which has resulted in hundreds of deaths, particularly in poor, urban areas.

Whitehall’s ‘hostile environment’ puts children in danger, charity says

19/02/2019

The Government’s commitment to creating a ‘hostile environment’ for migrants outweighs their commitment to children’s rights, a charity has warned.

Rough-sleeping up 165% over the last decade, figures reveal

31/01/2019

High rents, a ‘faulty’ benefits system, and a lack of social housing has driven the dramatic rise in rough-sleeping since 2010, a homelessness charity has said.

How can local authorities successfully and sustainably tackle homelessness in their area?

31/01/2019

Victoria King Lowe explores how local authorities can work with partners to attract additional funding and implement cost-effective solutions that can reduce rough sleeping and homelessness.

Over 900 rough sleepers in Greater Manchester given ‘a bed every night’

21/01/2019

Greater Manchester’s scheme for helping rough sleepers has seen a ‘significant increase’ in the number of people it has helped in the last few months.

Labour promises to repeal nineteenth-century Vagrancy Act

24/12/2018

The Labour Party has announced that they plan to repeal the Vagrancy Act 1824 which criminalises begging and rough sleeping.

Deaths of homeless people up 24% in five years

21/12/2018

Local authority chiefs say they are ‘determined’ to prevent homelessness as figures reveal almost 600 homeless people died in England and Wales last year.

Essex councils warn of problems with rehousing London’s homeless in the county

19/12/2018

Essex council leaders have written to the Mayor of London highlighting concerns over homeless people from the capital being rehoused in the county.

End ‘unnecessary’ homelessness catch-22, watchdog says

18/12/2018

A watchdog has called for an end to the ‘unnecessary catch-22’ where homeless people are unable to access public services because they have no postal address.

Brokenshire launches homelessness 'hubs'

18/12/2018

Communities secretary James Brokenshire has announced a network of 11 homelessness ‘hubs’ across England to tackle rough sleeping.

Over 12,000 people sleeping rough this Christmas, charity warns

17/12/2018

The number of people sleeping rough or on buses and cars in England is more than double what Government statistics suggest, homelessness charity says.

Increasing use of temporary accommodation ‘disruptive’, council chiefs say

14/12/2018

Local government leaders have angrily rejected the increasing use of temporary accommodation to house homeless families.

Council chiefs call for ‘proper resourcing’ to end homelessness

10/12/2018

Investment announced by the Government to end homelessness will help, according to council leaders, but cuts in resources are making it more challenging.

Supported housing system ‘isn’t working’, charity warns

05/12/2018

People living in supported housing are being discouraged from finding work because of fears they will not be able to afford their rent, report reveals.

More than 130,000 children will be homeless at Christmas, charity warns

05/12/2018

The number of homeless children has increased by 59% in the last five years, meaning 131,000 will be without a permanent home this Christmas, Shelter has warned.

Council pledges to provide winter-long beds for all rough sleepers

28/11/2018

Oxford City Council has pledged to provide all rough sleepers with beds for the whole of the winter from next year.

Charity warns at least 320,000 people are homeless

22/11/2018

Numbers of homeless people have reached record levels because of the worsening housing crisis, according to campaigners.

Councils face £10m shortfall to help homeless young people

12/11/2018

Councils will need an extra £10m to help young people facing homelessness under their new duties, research has revealed today.

New homelessness duties impacting half of district councils

02/11/2018

More than half of district councils have seen an increase in the number of people asking for help since the introduction of new homelessness legislation.

Local government funding to be slashed by a further £1.3bn

01/10/2018

Council budgets will be cut by a third next year, causing 'dramatic' reductions in services, local government leaders have warned.

Healey unveils council tax levy on holiday homes

24/09/2018

Labour would double council tax on second homes to help families living in temporary accommodation, shadow housing secretary John Healey is expected to announce later today.

Housing benefit freeze ‘fuelling' homelessness

29/08/2018

The housing benefit freeze has put private renting out of reach for most low-income tenants and risks forcing people from their homes, a housing standards group has warned.

Over 100,000 children homeless over holidays, council chiefs warn

28/08/2018

The number of children who spent their school holiday homeless has risen to more than 123,000, council leaders have warned.

Whitehall announces £100m plan to end rough sleeping by 2027

13/08/2018

Council leaders have welcomed the government's £100m strategy to end rough sleeping by 2027 but warned it is only the 'tip of the iceberg'.

Council consults public on ‘aggressive’ begging legislation

24/07/2018

Wakefield Council has launched a consultation on proposals to use anti-social behaviour legislation to tackle ‘aggressive’ begging.

Working homeless figures soar over five years

23/07/2018

The number of families described as ‘working homeless’ has soared over the past five years, housing charity Shelter has warned.

Homelessness commission to provide ‘practical’ solutions for councils

06/07/2018

A local government sector think tank has launched a commission aimed at developing ‘strong, practical recommendations’ to help councils tackle homelessness.

Figures show surge in number of homeless children and older people

28/06/2018

The number of families living in temporary accommodation has risen to 79,000, according to the latest government figures.

Homelessness could be eradicated within 10 years, argues charity

11/06/2018

Homelessness in Britain could be ended within a decade if the right polices were introduced, according to a new report.

£30m cash boost to tackle rough sleepers

09/06/2018

Communities secretary James Brokenshire has announced a £30m cash boost to tackle rough sleepers in the worst hit parts of the country.

Benefit cuts forcing young people into homelessness, charity says

01/06/2018

Welfare restrictions are forcing young people into homelessness despite recent Government reforms, charity says.

Welsh programme to help the elderly ‘lacks direction’, committee warns

21/05/2018

A £125m programme to help vulnerable, elderly and homeless people in Wales ‘creates uncertainty and lacks direction’, assembly members say.

Councils urged to apply for Housing Advisers Programme

15/05/2018

Councils are being urged to bid for support from the Housing Advisers Programme to help overcome housing challenges in their local areas.

Domestic abuse survivors ‘falling through the cracks’ charity warns

10/05/2018

Many survivors of domestic abuse are falling into a cycle of homelessness and abuse due to the complexity of the housing system, a charity has warned.

Pilot projects to support rough sleepers launched

09/05/2018

The Government today launched three new pilot projects aimed at helping rough sleepers into ‘stable and affordable accommodation’.

Housing should be a human right says Burnham

08/05/2018

Housing should be a made a human right in the same way as education and health, the mayor of Greater Manchester has said today.

Councils failing to support thousands of young homeless people warns charity

03/05/2018

At least 86,000 young people in the UK are estimated to have sought help from their local council last year because they were homeless or at risk of homelessness, according to new research.

Tens of thousands of ‘hidden homeless’ not included in Whitehall figures

25/04/2018

New research has revealed there could be over 50,000 people staying in unsupported temporary accommodation - nearly 10 times more than the official statistics show.

Labour outlines housing policy

19/04/2018

Labour would scrap right to buy, and give councils new borrowing freedoms and central funding in a bid to kick-start house building, the party said today.

Charity gives digital platforms designed to meet social needs £160,000

17/04/2018

Nesta has announced funding for collaborative social media platforms that can, among other things, help match homeless families to people with spare rooms.

Benefit reforms a driver of youth homelessness, charity says

16/04/2018

Welfare reforms are contributing to homelessness among young people aged 16 to 24, charity warns.

70% of councils struggle to house the homeless, figures reveal

12/04/2018

Over two thirds of local authorities surveyed said they had difficulties finding social housing for homeless people last year, new report reveals.

Javid announces £30m to tackle homelessness

03/04/2018

The communities secretary Sajid Javid announced last Friday a new £30m fund to support local authorities with high numbers of people sleeping rough.

Homelessness statistics ‘national disgrace’, pressure group says

22/03/2018

The latest homelessness figures reveal the number of households in temporary accommodation is just under 79,000.

Councils to get £215m funding boost for homelessness services

22/03/2018

Councils in England are set to receive a share of over £215m from 2019 to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping.

Ely has ‘no genuine rough sleepers’, council claims

26/02/2018

A Cambridgeshire council argues they have ‘no genuine rough sleepers’ in their area as England’s smallest city experiences increase in begging.

Government announces public bodies with homelessness duties

22/02/2018

Hospitals, prisons and a number of other public bodies have a duty to refer those at risk of becoming homeless to a housing authority, Government says.

Windsor withdraw’s rough sleeping paper after royal wedding controversy

15/02/2018

Windsor and Maidenhead have decided to withdraw a paper detailing its plans to tackle rough sleeping and anti-social behaviour saying it needed ‘further work’.

Housing First should be introduced to Scotland, MSPs say

12/02/2018

Scotland should provide homeless people with a permanent home, a parliamentary committee has recommended after a year-long inquiry into homelessness.

Council removes ‘anti-homeless’ bars after rapper’s protest

06/02/2018

Bournemouth has decided to remove bars it installed on its public benches to discourage homeless people from sleeping on them after ‘extensive feedback’.

Council leader survives vote of no confidence following homelessness letter

30/01/2018

The council leader who called for rough sleepers to be removed from the streets of Windsor ahead of the royal wedding has survived a vote of no confidence.

Labour pledges 8,000 homes for rough sleepers

29/01/2018

Labour have pledged to deliver 8,000 new homes for rough sleepers in a bid to cut the dramatically increasing numbers of people forced to sleep on the streets.

Rough sleeping increases 14% in past year

25/01/2018

Rough sleeping has increased by 14% over the last year, according to new figures published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

Council ‘bemused’ by comedian’s homeless charity petition

23/01/2018

Russell Brand has launched a petition calling on Slough to provide a homelessness charity with a building as a ‘wedding present’ ahead of the royal wedding.

Lambeth to lend £300m to new housing company

23/01/2018

Lambeth LBC will lend at least £300m to its new housing company over the next five years to kickstart an ambitious plan.

Welsh councils must tackle causes of homelessness, watchdog says

09/01/2018

Local authorities in Wales need to do more to tackle the ‘underlying causes’ of homelessness, auditor says.

Windsor council leader faces no confidence vote

09/01/2018

Windsor & Maidenhead’s council leader is facing a motion of no confidence after his controversial open letter to the police asking them to remove homeless people ahead of the royal wedding.

Passing the buck

09/01/2018

William Eichler explores some of the issues raised concerning homelessness following the publication of the council leader’s controversial letter.

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