Street News


UN: Housing is a fundamental human right.

A massive shift of global capital investment has left homes empty and people homeless, argues Leilani Farha, UN special rapporteur for housing   The UN special rapporteur for housing, Leilani Farha, will highlight the devastating human rights impact of society’s tendency to view houses as financial commodities rather than homes for people, in her report […]

Britain’s new wave of militant grocers

So much food goes into landfill while many families go hungry. Sarah Butler meets the shopkeepers fighting waste Retail crusaders: Nathan and Bethany Richards of Niftie’s in Dover. Photograph: Richard Saker for the Observer A steady stream of shoppers are filling their baskets with biscuits, fizzy pop, risotto rice and tins of tomatoes at Niftie’s grocery […]

Evicted Belgravia squatters ‘posed grave security risk’ to Queen

Squatters branded a “security risk” to the Queen have been evicted from a mansion close to Buckingham Palace. About 30 people were removed from the seven-storey building on Buckingham Gate at around 04:00 GMT. The Met Police raised concerns the squatters could peer into the royal gardens from the roof of 19 Buckingham Gate ; […]

We need a new way to tackle homelessness – and we need it to be the Newcastle way

Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes says the UK as a whole can learn from the city’s approach. ‘ A homeless person on Grey Street, Newcastle‘ Have you ever wondered what it must feel like to be homeless? Frightening, isolating, degrading. You may never have considered it but the fact is more and more people are […]

Statistics watchdog warns government over misleading homelessness figures

The government’s official statistics body has told the Department for Communities and Local Government to stop using potentially misleading figures for homelessness, and said it would monitor its future statements on the issue.   The intervention by the UK Statistics Authority came after the DCLG claimed in a series of press briefings late last year […]

Why it’s time to demolish Buckingham Palace. Space for 8,000 new homes, most of them affordable.

This development wouldn’t need to be all luxury flats with a few token affordable homes thrown in.   Councillor 1: They say it’s going to cost £369m to repair and bring up to modern standards. Councillor 2: £369m? Lambeth balked at paying just £14m to repair Cressingham Gardens. They said they’d rather knock it down […]

Body of ‘homeless man’ Dave pulled from Leeds-Liverpool canal

“Not a beggar or freeloader. A man, our friend. RIP Dave xx” The body of a homeless man, was discovered in the Leeds-Liverpool canal in the Vauxhall area. A tribute laid on a doorstep in Lord Street where a homeless man used to sleep, after a body was pulled from the Leeds-Liverpool canal‘ Reports on […]

Homeless man ‘bottled in the head’ and homeless woman ‘booted and robbed’ by gang of thugs

A GANG of men assaulted two homeless people in unprovoked town centre attacks. A rough sleeper, aged in his forties, was rushed to Southend Hospital for treatment after being hit over the head in Warrior Square, Southend. It is believed a glass bottle was used in the attack. Minutes later a homeless woman, aged in […]

Squatters ejected from oligarch’s £15m mansion move into new base yards away

A group of squatters who were evicted from a mansion in Eaton Square have taken over another building worth millions of pounds just hours after being moved. Activists from the Autonomous Nation of Anarchist Libertarians were thrown out roughly of the five-storey, Grade II-listed building after a two-and-a-half-hour standoff with bailiffs. They have now settled into […]

Anger as security guard ‘BINS homeless couple’s sleeping bags and belongings’ outside M&S

A former charity worker has branded a security guard “disgusting” after he claims he caught him throwing away a homeless couple’s sleeping bags outside M&S. The 26-year-old says the rough sleepers had gone to the toilet in a nearby Burger King (Photo: Facebook/Wez James) A former charity worker has branded a security guard “disgusting” after […]