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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…
Thousands of refugees in the UK run the risk of homelessness and destitution due to a lack of support from the Government, a cross-party report has found. People granted refugee status after going through the asylum process receive less support than refugees brought to the UK through Government-led resettlement schemes,…
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…
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…
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…
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