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A rough sleeping task force to cut the number of people living on the street is being launched as the Government promised to break the cycle of homelessness. Councils with high levels of rough sleepers will also be given cash from a £30 million fund, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said.…
The number of households in England in temporary accommodation has increased by nearly two thirds since the start of the decade, Government figures show. On December 31 last year 78,930 households were in temporary accommodation, up 64% from a low of 48,010 on the same date in 2010. The figure…
An older woman was left in temporary accommodation that was ‘at best shabby, dirty and in disrepair,’ miles away from her GP and social networks because Rother District Council had no temporary accommodation across the whole borough, a Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman investigation has found. The woman was…
A housing minster has promised to resign if the problem of rough sleeping gets worse on her watch. Heather Wheeler insisted there would be improvements after the plight of England's estimated 4,700 rough sleepers was starkly highlighted by the "Beast from the East" storm which plunged the country into sub-zero…
A "small army of people" are leaving prison without any form of employment or accommodation, a former minister has warned. The latest Government figures reveal that almost a third of adult prisoners released last year were sent to "unsettled or unknown" accommodation and just over a quarter were found to…
A blast of intense cold weather dubbed the "Beast from the East" has reached the UK, with temperatures expected to dip below freezing throughout the week. The extreme temperatures mean the risks faced by rough sleepers are even greater, and campaigners warn it could be deadly for some forced to…
Prisons and NHS Trusts are among the public sector organisations that will soon have a legal duty to refer people at risk of becoming homeless to a housing authority. Heather Wheeler, the Minister for Homelessness, announced on Thursday that, for the first time, several public bodies will be required to…
A project to take 600 people out of homelessness by offering them a secure home is being launched by a social enterprise. Social Bite said the programme is being largely funded by £3 million of the money raised from December's Sleep in the Park, when 8000 people including Sir Bob…
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has dropped plans to issue rough sleepers with fines if they refuse to engage with services, a campaigner has claimed. A petition of more than 280,000 signatures was handed to council leader Simon Dudley on Thursday asking the council to drop plans to…
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead could fine rough sleepers up to £100 for begging or leaving their bedding in public places. The council came under fierce criticism last month when council leader Simon Dudley said the number of rough sleepers would put Windsor in a "sadly unfavourable light"…
The recent rise in homelessness has its roots in welfare reform and the housing market, almost entirely accounted for by an increase in families losing their privately-rented housing, experts have said. The number of people officially recorded as sleeping on the streets of England rose from 1,768 in 2010 to…
A council leader who suggested rough sleepers in Windsor be moved on ahead of the royal wedding has survived a vote of no confidence. Conservative Simon Dudley said beggars could present the town in a "sadly unfavourable light" when Prince Harry marries American actress Meghan Markle in May. He drew…
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