Extra cash for homelessness and rough sleeping
The Government today pledged more than £260m for local authorities to support people who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes.
Call for Johnson to 'urgently fix' homelessness policy
The number of people who were newly-assessed as homeless or at risk of becoming homeless between April and June rose by 11% compared to last year to 68,000 people, new figures have revealed.
What will Boris do next?
The new Government will need the sector’s help if it is to stand a chance of delivering the party’s ambitious domestic agenda, says Graeme McDonald. 'But the sector can only help if it is operating from a position of strength'.
This will be a different Conservative Government
Head of local government at Grant Thornton UK, Paul Dossett, says the fact that the Conservative majority has been won by gaining seats in towns in Wales, the Midlands and the north of England will make a difference.
Chancellor's claim on homelessness 'beggars belief'
The chancellor’s claim that homelessness has reduced by almost half since 2008 ‘absolutely beggars belief,’ the Government’s former homelessness tsar has said.
Council’s homelessness service suffers ‘serious weaknesses’
A housing regulator has launched an inquiry to investigate ‘serious weaknesses’ in Glasgow City Council’s service for people who are homeless.
Britain's poorest tenants risk homelessness due to private rents gap
Shortfalls between private rental levels and the allowances received by Britain’s poorest tenants are putting households at risk of homelessness, according to housing charity Shelter.
Places can and do get worse as well as better
Dr Jonathan Carr-West says the story of a city in Columbia can be seen as a warning of what can happen if local government does not have an active leadership role and the resources to act upon it.
Directors of public health have infused their specialism into a broader strategic context
How long will it be before we see a chief executive of a council or large scale not-for-profit enterprise emerging from the modern public health sector?
Lib Dems unveil plans to tackle homelessness
The Liberal Democrats have set out a raft of plans to end rough sleeping in the run up to the General Election.
Collaboration is the key to tackling homelessness
With the support of stakeholders, including forward-thinking local authorities, Beam’s innovative support model ‘swiftly removes every barrier faced by homeless people from entering the workforce’, says Seb Barker.
Designing out rough sleeping
Homeless people die young. Kalvinder Kohli says stopping this trend requires a focus on enabling people to live independently within their own communities and on solutions ‘rooted far more upstream where we can prevent it’.
We’ll give power back to the people
As the General Election looms, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson outlines the key commitments the party has focused on – and is adamant strong leadership at a national level will boost local powers for the future.
Temporary accommodation spending costs councils £1bn a year
Councils spent £1.1bn on temporary accommodation for homeless households between April 2018 and March 2019, new Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government figures have shown.
Stopping homelessness before it starts in Hounslow
Cllr Lily Bath outlines Hounslow LBC's preventative model for tackling homelessness and rough sleeping – and the creation of My Independence as a new joint venture between statutory homelessness services and health and social care.
Councils should get involved in world's largest anti-homelessness fundraiser
Former homelessness tsar Dame Louise Casey urges councils to support The World’s Big Sleep Out on Saturday December 7.
Councils urged to get behind The World's Big Sleep Out
Dame Louise Casey has called on councils to support a ‘unique, historical campaign’ to sustainably help around one million homeless and displaced people locally and globally.
Roll-out of mental health support for rough sleepers begins
A £12m scheme to provide mental health support for rough sleepers has been launched.
B&B costs councils £93m a year, says LGA
Councils are spending over £93m a year on bed and breakfast accommodation, a figure which is nine times the amount in 2010 according to analysis by the Local Government Association.
Our aim is to ensure no-one sleeps rough in Oxford
On World Homelessness Day, Linda Smith explains Oxford City Council's partnership approach to ensuring no one should have to sleep rough on the streets of the city.