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Homelessness in England is a "national crisis" and the Government's approach to tackling the problem has been an "abject failure", according to a damning report. More than 9,000 people are sleeping rough on the streets and over 78,000 households, including 120,000 children, are homeless and living in temporary accommodation, often…
A charity has unveiled what it claims is the world's first vending machine for the homeless. Action Hunger installed the device in the Broadmarsh Centre in Nottingham to provide food, socks and toothbrushes, among other essentials, to people sleeping rough at Christmas. The machines can only be accessed with a…
Survivors of domestic violence will be given more support to move home under a new housing scheme. The scheme will ensure those with lifetime tenancies in social housing who flee a violent relationship will not lose their security of tenure and are provided with a new home. In 2015/16 more…
Homeless families are routinely being housed in damp or infested temporary accommodation for weeks on end, a report into local councils has found. Too many people are being left in situations which are "simply unacceptable in modern society", the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman said. Many local councils still…
A charity has described homelessness figures as "nothing short of a tragedy" after an official report showed the numbers in England have increased. The number of households in temporary accommodation has surged by 65% since 2010. Local authorities accepted 15,290 households as being statutorily homeless between July 1 and September…
Some 128,000 children will wake up homeless in Britain on Christmas Day - the highest number in a decade, according to a leading housing charity. The figure, which has jumped by two-thirds since 2011, was labelled a "national scandal" by Shelter chief executive Polly Neate. Families shunted into temporary accommodation…
There are 100 more homeless children for every announcement the Government has made on homelessness since 2010, Labour has claimed. Shadow housing minister John Healey said the Government needed action and "not more warm words" to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said the Government had increased…
Shelter says its free helpline received a cry for help every 22 seconds during its busiest times last Christmas - and it fears the situation could be worse this winter. Research from the housing charity and Marks & Spencer found that in 2016 the Shelter's helpline received over 100,000 calls…
A new scheme to address homelessness in Greater Manchester will see 270 homes made available to rough sleepers, it has been announced. The £1.8 million project, announced by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), will work with rough sleepers over a three-year period. Those who have regularly slept rough over…
Seventy people and a stillborn baby make up the final death toll in the Grenfell Tower fire, police have confirmed. All those who died in the blaze in west London five months ago have been recovered and identified, the Metropolitan Police believe. A baby, Logan Gomes, who was stillborn, has…
Homeless people in Britain now outnumber the population of Newcastle, a leading housing charity has said. The total number of homeless people jumped by 13,000 year-on-year to 307,000, a new Shelter report has revealed. Its review - which combines official rough-sleeping and temporary accommodation figures and social services figures -…
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has welcomed a £3.8m boost to tackle homelessness after a meeting with the Prime Minister. The two had an hour-long discussion as Theresa May visited Manchester, announcing extra funding to combat rough sleeping and homelessness, blighting the region and Manchester in particular. Mr Burnham…
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