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Councils in England are being urged to check their homelessness procedures are fit for purpose, after the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman found significant fault with a Northamptonshire district council. The Ombudsman’s advice follows its investigation into a homelessness complaint from a woman in the Kettering area. The woman…
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…
The number of disabled people either homeless or at risk of being made homeless has soared over recent years. Scottish Labour analysis of official figures revealed that in 2013/14 there were 898 people with a physical disability identified as homeless or at risk of homelessness. That figure increased to 1,292…
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…
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