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Rough sleeping across Britain is predicted to jump by three quarters (76%) over the next decade, a national charity for homeless people has warned. Around 9,100 people were sleeping rough in 2016, with the number forecast to rise to 16,000 in 2026, a new report from Crisis has suggested. The…
The prototype house that will be used in a new village for homeless people is being unveiled in Edinburgh. Work has begun on the Social Bite village in the Granton area of the city, which is expected to be up and running before Christmas. Organisers say it aims to provide…
Scotland is in the grip of a housing "crisis" with private renters and the young disproportionately affected, according to Shelter Scotland. A report from the housing and homelessness charity reveals it helped more than 21,000 people in the last year, with more than 825,000 unique visits to online advice pages.…
Homeless people are being harassed by warnings they could be fined for leaving their belongings in doorways in Oxford, the Green Party's Larry Sanders has said. Notices citing the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act have been pictured in an area where there are bags belonging to rough sleepers and…
People are sleeping rough in barns and outhouses as a hidden homelessness crisis hits rural areas, an influential think tank has warned. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) warned that it is particularly hard to prevent or relieve homelessness in the countryside because of the difficulties in covering larger…
Britain is "flat-lining" on key measures of social progress compared to other developed nations, according to a new international study. And the 2017 Social Progress Index identified a "correlation" between the introduction of austerity policies in the UK and lack of improvement in quality of life, particularly the availability of…
The new government must make sure young people leaving care do not have to pay council tax until they reach 21, according to youth homelessness charity Centrepoint. A new report from the charity found that young people leaving care often face housing instability as a result of turbulent, chaotic transitions…
Spiralling homelessness and housing shortages will continue for years to come after a "lack of ambition" in government to resolve the crisis, according to a damning report. Under the Conservatives, the number of families living in temporary accommodation has rocketed and nearly 120,000 children in England do not have a…
A new law requiring councils to intervene earlier to prevent homelessness is due to be introduced, but one charity is warning it should not be considered a "cure-all". The Homelessness Reduction Bill aims to stem the "rising tide" of people living on the streets by giving councils a legal duty…
Growing numbers of women in England are experiencing ‘hidden homelessness’ – living in precarious arrangements without privacy or their own legal living space - according to new research. Women’s homelessness is a major social problem in the UK, with the latest figures revealing that from 1998 – 2015, 1,475,150 households…
More than one in five adults across England have suffered mental health problems due to a housing problem in the last five years, according to a report from Shelter. Some 21% of people surveyed said they had experienced issues such as anxiety, depression and panic attacks due to housing pressures.…
Actor Idris Elba has attacked government cuts to housing benefits for 18-21-year-olds. The 44-year-old Luther star hit out at the moves which came into effect in April and stop out-of-work young adults from automatically receiving the benefits, as he threw his support behind housing and homelessness charity Shelter. Elba was…
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