UK Housing


Brighton Centre to be used as homeless night shelter this winter

The Brighton Centre is to open its doors to the homeless this winter as part of a council scheme to use empty buildings to house rough sleepers. A large room in the council-owned building is currently being prepared to be used a shelter for up to 30 people. It’s currently due to open on 10 […]

Grenfell: ‘We are forced to bid against fellow survivors for a new home’ (Video)

A survivor of the Grenfell Tower inferno that killed at least 80 last June has spoken to RT about the injustice of reportedly having to bid against fellow survivors for somewhere to live, complaining that she’s been left living in “uncertainty” by the authorities. . © Ray Tang / Global Look Press . A survivor […]

This is what it is like to be 11 years old and homeless

‘At Christmas time, I didn’t want to be in this world’ Sam with his terminally ill father. . In the temporary accommodation block for the homeless, 11-year-old Sam* tells you about life in a flat so cramped that he, his brother, sister, mum and dad can’t all sit in the living room at the same time, or eat […]

Bailiffs clear homelessness protesters camp from Leicester Town Hall Square

Homelessness protesters living at a camp outside Leicester’s town hall for three weeks were evicted this morning. Seven enforcement agents from the Sheriff’s Office, acting on behalf of the county court, moved in to remove the tents at 7.30am. The protesters, led by homelessness campaigner James McLean, have vowed to set up another camp elsewhere […]

Family homelessness rises ‘dramatically’ in London

  Family homelessness is rising in London at a faster rate than across the rest of the country and overstretched councils are ‘struggling’ to provide them with temporary accommodation, new research reveals. Carried out by the advisory services organisation EY and London Councils, the research found the number of families accepted as homeless has increased […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]