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The Government is being urged to reform the social security system after a new study revealed that 1.5 million people are "destitute". Research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) found that people classed as destitute often went without food, heating or lighting in their home and had sometimes slept rough.…
The Welsh Government's Supporting People Programme could be at risk of letting down vulnerable and elderly people due to the confusing way it will work and uncertainty it creates for organisations charged with delivering it, according to a National Assembly committee. Worth around £125 million pounds a year the programme…
A double-decker bus offering refuge to rough sleepers in Windsor has been impounded ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, a charity has said. Thames Valley Police said the The Ark Project's 10-bed bus was seized from the town centre on Thursday due to an issue with the driver's…
A new village has opened to provide stable accommodation to homeless people as part of campaign to eradicate the issue in Scotland. Social Bite Village launched on Thursday in Granton, Edinburgh to provide a place to live and support for up to 20 people. The project, believed to be the…
A homeless charity offering refuge to rough sleepers on a double-decker bus has been seen driving through Windsor ahead of Saturday's Royal Wedding. The Ark Project, which until recently was based solely in Reading, operates out of a bus which includes 10 beds and a kitchen to prepare warm food.…
A long-time rough sleeper has dismissed protesters planning to line the royal wedding route in sleeping bags as "anarchists" intent on causing trouble.William "Bill" Watson, who has lived in the borough for four months, said planned homeless solidarity events were an excuse for people to "cause a riot".The 50-year-old, originally…
An attempt to provide fairer access to more affordable credit for people living in poverty moves a stage further on Friday.A Bill put forward by Lord Bird, founder of The Big Issue magazine, will reach the committee stage in the House of Lords, moving it closer to being considered in…
Big Issue vendors are being offered free tickets to see a documentary about a group for homeless people in a notorious area of Los Angeles, made in partnership with the magazine. Skid Row Marathon will be screened across the UK on Wednesday, telling the story of a running group formed…
Hidden homelessness could be almost 10 times worse than official figures suggest with an estimated 51,500 people living in bed and breakfasts (B&Bs), according to a new report. Homeless charity Justlife warns households are living in "modern-day slums" after slipping through the cracks in the system. The organisation says the…
Welfare reforms are contributing to homelessness among 16 to 24-year-olds by affecting their ability to access and sustain housing, a charity has warned. According to a survey by Homeless Link, a charity that works with rough sleepers, 92% of respondents identified delayed Universal Credit payments as having an impact on…
A family of five were forced to spend three years living in a single hotel room while their local council failed to help them find permanent accommodation, a watchdog said. Bristol City Council did not treat the family's housing and homelessness applications properly, a Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman…
More and more homeless people are becoming trapped in temporary accommodation such as B&Bs as councils fail to provide enough affordable, stable homes, a new report said. Seven out of 10 local councils in England surveyed by Crisis struggle to find stable social housing for homeless people in their area,…
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