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Labour has blamed the sharp rise in deaths of homeless people on the "results of Government decisions, Government choices" after figures showed almost 600 died last year.After the death of a man sleeping rough outside the entrance to Parliament earlier this week, shadow housing minister Melanie Onn (pictured) accused the…
The scale of homeless deaths has been branded a "national tragedy" after official estimates showed a rise of almost a quarter over five years.Some 597 people sleeping rough or in emergency accommodation were estimated to have died last year in England and Wales, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.This…
Homeless people are being denied access to public services because they do not have a fixed postal address, according to a report.Citizens Advice said the homeless could have their benefits sanctioned, drop down waiting lists or miss out on offers of housing.The Royal Mail said it was open to the…
New centres aimed at taking rough sleepers off the streets will be set up at 11 locations across England.The £4.8 million Government project will see "rough sleeping hubs" up and running by spring 2019.Meanwhile, Labour said it would create a £100 million scheme to provide emergency accommodation for rough sleepers…
Former boxing champion and professional footballer Curtis Woodhouse has said a huge response to his offer to open his gym to homeless people at Christmas has "restored my faith in the human race".He said he has received more than 15,000 messages since he decided to open up his business in…
The Scottish Government has “missed an opportunity” to tackle poverty in its budget for 2019-2020, according to charities.In Holyrood on Wednesday, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay announced funding of more than £825 million, as part of a total investment in excess of £3 billion, to deliver 50,000 affordable homes over the…
A £10,000 donation has been given to Westminster City Council as part of a new scheme to combat loneliness, help rough sleepers and provide training for young people.The donation was given to the Westminster Community Contribution Fund, a scheme allowing high earners within the Band H tax bracket to pay…
A planned strike by workers at the Shelter charity has been called off after a new pay deal was accepted.Members of the Unite union were due to walk out for three days from Tuesday but last-ditch talks have helped secure a deal.Unite said it had secured a "vastly improved" 4%…
Two property entrepreneurs have offered to donate some of their flats to homeless people in a collaboration with the charity Social Bite.Graeme and Leanne Carling are offering units from their property stock in Tayside to house people free of charge.The couple, who own private property rental and management firm PRS…
The UK's housing crisis will be "felt across a generation" as the latest figures reveal the scale of children living in homelessness, a charity has warned.Shelter urged the public to support its Christmas appeal which aims to provide families with "the vital helpline advice and services they need in order…
Thousands of vulnerable young people will be homeless or at risk of homelessness in the weeks leading up to Christmas, a charity has said.Centrepoint said 18,000 young people aged 16-25 in the UK are currently or under threat of sleeping rough, and warned that homelessness is not always visible.The charity…
Scotland’s Housing Minister has pledged to bring forward legislation to restrict the use of unsuitable temporary accommodation for homeless people.Kevin Stewart said the government would consult on the issue early in 2019.He said: “We recognise that work needs to be done here. We will consult on all of this at…
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