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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,…
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.…
A Government U-turn on welfare will mean 18 to 21-year-olds are automatically entitled to claim housing benefit again. Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey said the change "will reassure all young people that housing support is in place if they need it". Around 10,000 young people would have been hit…
Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have called for Kensington and Chelsea Council (RBKC) to be placed into special measures after the Government admitted it is unlikely everyone will be rehoused within a year of the fire. Grenfell United, the main group representing survivors and the bereaved, has written to…
The NHS is working with councils to improve "housing health" to boost the wellbeing of vulnerable residents after a report found poor housing is costing the health service £1.4 billion a year. Home "MOTs", helplines for those who suffer falls, stairlifts and heating systems are some of the schemes being…
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 independent task force set up in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire has accused Kensington and Chelsea Council of failing to take effective action to help survivors of the disaster. A new report by the recovery task force said the council's record on converting plans into action on…
An autistic girl at risk of harming herself in her "dangerous" family home has won a High Court action for an immediate review of her living situation. The six-year-old, who has a range of difficulties, lives in a first floor flat with her mother and older brother provided by the…
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 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…
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