UK Homelessness

The Secret State of Homelessness

Sean Axtell | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK Politics
Sean Axtell

Figures released this year by the Department for Councils and Local Government shows an upsurge by nearly 6% of people sleeping rough in the last thee years - it leapt from 2,181 in 2011 to 2,309 in 2012.

I Am No Economist, but Here Is My Take

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

I fully understand that simply giving the money to people to spend as they wish would create inflation, with money losing its value. But there are other ways to use that money...

Police Confiscate Homeless People's Sleeping Bags

Tom Moseley | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK

Police grabbed sleeping bags and food parcels in raids on homeless people in East London, it has been reported. The Ilford Recorder reported that t...

New Legislation 'Could Make Homelessness A Crime'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK

Homelessness could be turned into a crime under proposed anti-social behaviour laws a think-tank has warned. The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and P...

Bring It Home

Caroline Hardie | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Comedy
Caroline Hardie

Where to start. Why am I writing this? Good question. Is it because I am in the midst of organising a comedy night on the 18th May at the Union Chapel called Bring it Home, with some of the best talent on the circuit today and this is a cynical attempt at PR? Lord no!

LOOK 'Which Religion Cares Most About The Homeless?': Man Divides Begging Bowls By Faith

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK

This homeless man may well have the most ingenius ploy of collecting small change we've ever seen. Holding a sign which asks "Which religion cares...

Caffeine Based Acts Of Kindness That Are Warming Hearts Across The World

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 24.04.2013 | UK

You may have seen mention of the “suspended coffees” phenomenon floating around the social media stratosphere of late. In a nutshell, it is t...

Your Unwanted Suit Can Help a Disadvantaged Young Person Into Work

Paul Noblet | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK
Paul Noblet

With more almost one million under-25s currently unemployed - including more than 76,000 who have been out of work for more than 12 months - young people like those we support at Centrepoint can find themselves a long way down the pecking order when it comes to securing a job. The simple donation of a suit can help build their confidence and raise their aspirations.

One Man's Death Shows Fatal Risk of Homelessness and the Lack of Affordable Housing

Laurna Robertson | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK Politics
Laurna Robertson

There is a dangerous shortage of affordable housing in this country for council tenants, for private rent and for sale which means people from all walks of life have to go to dramatic extremes to survive.

Millions Of Britons At Risk Of Losing Their Home

PA | Posted 11.04.2013 | UK

Eight million people are estimated to be just one month's salary away from struggling to pay for their home, a charity has warned. Some 35% of work...

Losing the Plot in the Welfare Debate

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Politics
Jeffrey Gedmin

I don't think anyone seriously denies that welfare reform of some sort is necessary, whether to reduce waste and fraud, to re-establish proper incentive for the unemployed to look for work, or to help restore order to public finances. Around these basic points there's consensus. The question is, however, reforms at what cost, and to whom?

The Time Has Come for the European Union to Take Firm Measures Against the Orban Regime

Guy Verhofstadt | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Politics
Guy Verhofstadt

Viktor Orban has considered his party's political majority not as a responsibility, but as an opportunity to consolidate his party's grip on the state, media and judiciary. International and European institutions, civil society and human rights organisations, opposition parties, and even the United States, have closely scrutinised and criticised the gradual 'Orbanization' of Hungary.

Why Not Use Bank Fines to Alleviate Poverty?

Leanne Wood | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Politics
Leanne Wood

Telling us that the deficit is the priority when families are homeless and starving shows a government astonishingly out of touch. It needs to back its early promises, and understand that redistributing money to those that need it from those who don't deserve it (some might even say from perpetrator to victim, in a roundabout way) will demonstrate that this we really are all in this together and that it isn't redundant, dogmatic ideology that is providing the impetus.

2013 - When Injustice Becomes Law Resistance Becomes Duty

John Wight | Posted 03.03.2013 | UK Politics
John Wight

The potentiality, and perhaps inevitably, of 2013 proving one of the most socially convulsive and ugly in Britain's social history is very real.

Going Soft on Rough Sleepers?

Dave Clements | Posted 03.03.2013 | UK Politics
Dave Clements

Instead of focusing its efforts on the 'vulnerable' margins none too effectively, the mayor and the government need to build - or else create the conditions whereby others build - more houses to meet the historically massive shortfall.

More Families Left Homeless At Christmas

The Independent | Posted 24.12.2012 | UK Politics

The number of homeless families staying in bed-and-breakfast accommodation has doubled in a year, according to official figures. Between 2010 and 2...

Panorama - Reality Bites

Shan Ellis | Posted 13.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Shan Ellis

I took decisive action and then decision to move was made long before I went to court in the April of 2011, I had to put a roof over my kids' heads. That's what my priorities were. Stuff how much money I owed, how poorly I was, they had to come first.

Helping Everyone In

Rick Henderson | Posted 10.02.2013 | UK
Rick Henderson

Driven by the recession, rough sleeping rose by more than a fifth last year. However, local pilots have shown that, even if more people are arriving on the streets, many can be helped more quickly off them if the public are involved.

Government Warned Against Scrapping Support For The Homeless

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.12.2012 | UK

The government has been warned not to "sweep away" safety nets preventing people from falling into homelessness, as a charity revealed the number of p...

Rash Housing Benefit Cuts Will Leave Unprotected Youngsters Out in the Cold

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 02.02.2013 | UK Politics
Anne Marie Carrie

The prospects for young people starting out in the world today are already bleak with nearly one million young people currently unemployed - and now life is about to get even harder for them. The reckless proposal to remove housing benefits from under-25s risks leaving some of this country's most vulnerable young people out in the cold. What makes this proposal particularly distasteful is that in reality only a mere eight per cent of total housing benefits are claimed by under-25s, making this a policy which risks causing long-term harm to the lives of young people for the sake of a few headlines.

Homeless Woman Killed In Storms Named As Michelle Conroy, 21

Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.11.2012 | UK

A woman, who was killed by a falling tree whilst sleeping rough in Exeter city centre, has been named as Michelle Conroy. The 21-year-old was kille...

A 21st Century Scandal

Tom Copley | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Politics
Tom Copley

There is no more visible and tragic sign of the failure of housing policy than people sleeping rough on our streets. It is a scandal that in the twenty-first century, in one of the richest cities in the world, there are people still forced to sleep rough on London's streets.

Sexually Abused? Proceed to Question 7b

Kate Webb | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK Politics
Kate Webb

A blanket ban on support for young adults would leave thousands at risk of homelessness - while any truly compassionate list of exemptions would be so broad as to make the policy redundant. Ministers should ditch this unworkable proposal now.

Now Is the Time to Start Building Houses

David Orr | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK Politics
David Orr

We desperately need housing to be a national priority to deliver a huge increase in new homes. Our continued failure to tackle this problem head on hits millions of families hard, denies people the opportunity to buy their own home, traps increasing numbers of working people in benefit dependency at huge cost to the public purse and acts as a real brake on economic growth.

'A National Shame'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.11.2012 | UK

TV presenter Richard Madeley has condemned Britain's levels of homelessness as a "national shame" and that benefit cuts would make the problem worse. ...