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The Home Office has extended its contract with G4S and Serco to provide asylum seekers with accommodation - despite controversy that some people were marked out by having their doors painted red. Earlier this year, G4S had to repaint the doors of the asylum seekers it housed in Middlesbrough and…
Singer Charlotte Church has released a special Christmas programme, encouraging people to do more to help the homeless around the festive season. In the short documentary, broadcast on BBC iPlayer on Thursday, the mother-of-two visits organisations in her home town of Cardiff, who are using music to support people living…
The extent of the mental and physical health problems caused by homelessness is laid bare in a new report. Research into the experiences of 64 people who are homeless or facing housing problems in Newham, London, found some living in slum-like temporary housing and others living in constant insecurity and…
More than a quarter of a million people in England are homeless, according to analysis from Shelter. The charity, releasing figures to mark its 50th anniversary on Thursday, calculated that there are almost 255,000 people with no permanent home across the country. Shelter's homelessness figures include the numbers of people…
Housing Associations and partners across Scotland have pledged up to 350 homes for vulnerable Syrian families. The response co-ordinated by the Scottish RSL Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis will help local authorities home Syrian families being relocated to the UK as part of the Vulnerable Person Relocation (VPR) scheme…
Radio DJ Sara Cox, James Bond actor Colin Salmon and celebrity chef Marcus Wareing were among those sleeping rough on the streets of London on Thursday night to support youth homelessness charity Centrepoint. The organisation was hosting its annual fundraiser Sleep Out, which sees famous faces bed down outdoors for…
A sandwich shop chain which gives 100% of its profits to charity is to build a village for the homeless. Social Bite, which has cafes in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, will construct 10 purpose-built houses in Granton, Edinburgh. Social Bite Village will provide a low-cost, supervised and safe living environment…
The Government has backed down over its controversial "pay to stay" policy for those living in social housing. Housing minister Gavin Barwell has said plans to charge higher rents for social housing tenants on higher incomes will not be compulsory, after a consultation over the summer. Councils and housing associations…
More than 120,000 children across Britain face spending this Christmas homeless and in temporary accommodation, according to analysis by Shelter. The charity, which used government data to make the findings, said the estimated figure is the highest since 2007 when over 133,000 children were living in temporary accommodation by the…
Homeless people are being told by councils to sleep rough so they can get help, research by a charity has found. People who turned to their local authority for help were often sent packing without support or instructed to sleep rough in order to access services, according to a report…
Theresa May has announced a £40 million package designed to prevent homelessness by intervening to help individuals and families before they end up on the streets. The Prime Minister said that the move was a first step in a policy shift moving the focus away from dealing with the consequences…
A new national strategy to tackle the "demoralising, degrading and dehumanising" problem of homelessness must be introduced in Scotland, a leading church figure has said. Right Rev Dr Russell Barr, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, suggested a "collective endeavour" partnership of councils, political parties, housing…
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