Nearly 130,000 children will wake up homeless this Christmas as child homelessness reaches 10-year high

Nearly 130,000 children in Britain will wake up homeless and in temporary accommodation this Christmas as child homelessness reaches a 10-year high, new research shows.   The number of youngsters who will be spending the festive period in temporary accommodation such as B&Bs and hostels – often with a single room for the whole family […]

Murder victim ‘would be alive today’ if homeless charity was properly funded

The chief executive of a local homeless charity has said Giles Metcalfe would not have died if his organisation had been able to provide its usual amount of accommodation. GILES METCALFE was kind at heart and very generous. A FUNDING shortfall to provide help for local homeless people indirectly lead to the death of a […]

Almost 3000 charged with stealing food in London as expert warns ‘hungry people are criminalised’

  The majority of cases pertain to the hungry and homeless taking waste food from supermarket bins.   More than 2,800 people in London were charged with stealing food in London last year.  Thousands of people were charged with stealing food in London last year in what a food bank expert has warned is a “criminalisation […]

Housing is a women’s issue: The facts

The UK housing crisis has hit women harder than men, as they earn less money and cuts have hit homeless and domestic abuse services Charities working with rough sleepers say women are more likely to be ‘hidden homeless’. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo‘ No matter where you live, or how you pay for your home, from […]

NHS cuts blamed for 30,000 deaths in new study

An unprecedented increase in “excess deaths” in England and Wales could be linked to underfunding in the NHS and social care system, new research suggests. “Relentless cuts” to the health service could be behind 30,000 deaths in 2015, argued researchers in two articles published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. The Government […]

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 […]

Hackney Council hid ‘secret’ payments worth £14m in one month, report finds

Hackney Council spent £14 million of taxpayers’ money in May last year without revealing where it was going, according to a new report. ‘Secrecy’: the report criticises Hackney Council for redacting £14m in payments last May It is the largest amount redacted in a single month by any public body in England between 2011 and […]

Sixth homeless death in Belfast sparks new call for action

The man, who died in the charity’s Centenary House in Belfast, was named locally as Steven McLaughlin. It brings to six the total of homeless people who have died in the city this year. The death of a homeless man in a Salvation Army night shelter has sparked a call for greater investment in services […]

DWP cruelly slashes funding for disability supported housing and homeless hostels

Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green confirmed on Thursday that the DWP would cut the rent that supported housing providers – mostly charities – can claim back from the benefits system. The Government has announced an “unexpected” cut to funding for disability supported housing and homeless accommodation – arguing that the services need to make […]