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The bottom fifth of households in London own just 0.1% of the capital's wealth, including finances and property, a new study shows. Research by the Trust for London suggested 2.3 million Londoners are living in poverty, even though record numbers of people are in work. The charity said a record…
Tens of thousands of England's "forgotten homeless" are trapped without a permanent roof over their heads for months on end because of a lack of affordable or accessible housing, a new report says. Single homeless people are being priced out of social housing as well as private sector options -…
Welfare cuts and "turning off the taps to local councils" are affecting how authorities can support homeless people, the founder of the Big Issue has said. John Bird warned the homelessness crisis could see its "worst winter for over two decades" due to an increasing number of people living on…
Kensington and Chelsea Council has voted unanimously to end its contract with the organisation responsible for managing Grenfell Tower. The council is to terminate the current contract with the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (TMO) and replace it with a new arrangement to manage its housing stock. At a…
People are sofa surfing, squatting and sleeping on public transport as a hidden homelessness crisis hits London, according to a report. Thirteen times more people are homeless but hidden than are visibly sleeping rough - as many as 12,500 each night, the London Assembly housing committee's Hidden Homelessness in London…
A special edition of the Big Issue goes on sale on Monday to mark the 26th anniversary of the magazine which helps the homeless. An exhibition is being held at The Framers Gallery in Fizrovia, London of artwork by Big Issue founder Lord Bird, with some of his collections featured…
The vast majority of councils and housing associations believe government welfare policy is hitting their efforts to tackle homelessness, according to new research. The research by the Chartered Institute of Housing and the University of Sheffield reveals 84 per cent of the 106 councils and 70 per cent of the…
A raid on a three-bedroom house in north west London found 35 men living in rooms full of mattresses. The discovery was made on Winchester Avenue, Queensbury, at around 6am on Tuesday following complaints from neighbours, Brent council said. The men, all of Eastern European origin, had piled bedding in…
The Government has failed to do enough to tackle the rocketing homelessness that has been partly fuelled by its own welfare reforms, according to a damning assessment by the public spending watchdog. Over the last six years there has been a 60% rise in households in temporary accommodation, which includes…
The number of specialist homes for older people across England will need to increase by 400,000 units in less than 20 years due to the ageing population, according to the Local Government Association (LGA). The LGA is urging a "residential revolution" in homes to support the growing numbers of people…
A new task force has been created following a surge in the number of homeless people sleeping on public transport in London. Mayor Sadiq Khan announced that the team will initially be given £300,000 for 18 months to help people sleeping on buses and London Underground trains to find accommodation.…
Housing associations across the country have been forced to cancel or delay plans to build thousands of new homes due to uncertainty over future funding. Projects for 8,800 new housing association homes have been cut to 1,350 after the Government floated plans to change the way housing benefits are allocated.…
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