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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…
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.…
The death toll from the Grenfell Tower fire has risen to 79, police said. Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said five people had been formally identified and the rest were "sadly" missing presumed dead. He told reporters the "awful reality" was that it might not be possible to identify all…
Councils across the country have ordered urgent reviews of their social housing stock in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster. The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, said authorities have been "on the front foot" to carry out reviews on their…
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.…
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…
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…
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