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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…
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…
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