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More than 7,500 families have had their housing benefit cut to just 50p a week as a result of the Government's benefits cap, according to new figures. Official figures obtained by BBC1's Panorama show that at least 67,600 households have lost benefits in England, Scotland and Wales following the introduction…
A homeless woman was turned away five times by the London Borough of Barnet after she lost her home, a Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) investigation has found. Because the council failed to review her situation properly, the woman was left street homeless over the winter months, and spent nights sofa…
Scottish Care has launched a survey on the current status and challenges facing the Care at Home and Housing Support sector in Scotland. This is a major piece of work which will form the basis with other research for a Report on Care at Home and Housing Support services in…
The median time homeless families with children spend in temporary accommodation in Scotland has risen by almost 20% in the past two years, a new report shows. A report by housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland found families with children spent around one million days in local authority temporary homeless…
Proposals to reduce homelessness will "simply be words on a piece of paper" if the Government fails to offer enough cash to councils, Labour has said. MPs are expected to approve Conservative Bob Blackman's Homelessness Reduction Bill, which requires local authorities to do more to prevent people from becoming homeless…
Ministers have been accused of ignoring the plight of the homeless as new figures showed a sharp rise in the number of people sleeping rough on the streets of England. Local authorities estimated on a single night in autumn 2016 there were 4,134 rough sleepers compared to 3,569 the previous…
A former alcoholic who spent nearly a quarter of a century sleeping rough before turning his life around and becoming a campaigner for homeless people has died aged 69. Jimmy Carlson, who was awarded an OBE in 2012, died on January 8 as a result of respiratory health complications, homelessness…
Almost 80% of people sleeping rough were attacked or suffered abuse or anti-social behaviour over the past year, a homelessness charity said. As Crisis opens its centres to thousands of homeless people across the country this Christmas, the charity said two thirds of people felt that living on the streets…
Theresa May has spoken of putting "prevention at the heart of tackling homelessness" as she has unveiled £20 million of funding to stop people becoming rough sleepers on the streets of London. Funding for "Homelessness Prevention Trailblazers" in 19 boroughs of the capital were among projects announced by the Prime…
People with learning disabilities across the country are set to benefit from £25 million of funding to help them live more independently in their own homes. Health Minister David Mowat (pictured) has announced the successful bidders to a £25 million government fund. The projects will focus on adapting existing housing,…
Thousands of young people at risk of homelessness this Christmas face dangerous choices in a bid to find somewhere safe to sleep, a charity has warned. Desperate measures include staying with a stranger and committing crimes, Centrepoint said, as it declared society is facing a crisis in youth homelessness, possibly…
Labour has pledged to end the "national shame" of rough sleeping within its next term in government - and challenged Theresa May to back the plan. Shadow cabinet minister John Healey, who is responsible for housing, said there can be "no excuses" for homeless people being forced to sleep on…