Combined strategy call to tackle homelessness
The Government should commit to a coherent combined housing and homelessness strategy, a report published today by a commission of experts has urged after a year-long investigation.
Making modular work in Birmingham
Birmingham City Council completes its first modular home this month. Cllr Sharon Thompson describes how the implementation of modern methods of construction (MMC) is the ‘real game changer’ that can help address the housing shortage.
Investigating the homelessness challenge on the Isle of Wight
The fourth leg of the LG Challenge 2019 landed at Isle of Wight Council. Penny Galvin outlines how the participants performed on delivering a route from homelessness to housing
EXCLUSIVE: New protocol to ease council tensions
A protocol encouraging best practice between councils will be drawn up by the Local Government Association (LGA) as tensions grow around increasing out of area placements, The MJ understands.
District leader attacks North Yorkshire over homelessness service cuts
Homeless people in North Yorkshire are being let down by the county council, the leader of Scarborough BC has claimed.
Calls to increase funding to halt rise in homelessness
Calls have been made for increased funding for measures to prevent people becoming homeless as figures show mounting pressure on councils.
Lack of culture change warning after new homelessness law
Councils have not undergone the ‘culture change’ needed to implement the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA), a charity has said.
Stopping youth homelessness is 'patchy' says think tank
A year after the Homelessness Reduction Act, progress on youth homelessness prevention is patchy across local authority areas, a think tank has revealed.
Government sidesteps homelessness emergency call
The Mayor of Greater Manchester has called on the Government to declare a ‘homelessness emergency’.
Housing shortage hampers councils' homelessness reduction efforts, MPs told
A social housing shortage is holding back councils from preventing homelessness, MPs have heard.
Councils must do better when it comes to housing
Local government must bear some of the blame for the housing crisis, says Heather Jameson - with sector experts pointing to a lack of progress in producing local plans, and a '30 year retreat from the streets'.
Progress amid the pain
In the aftermath of the Grenfell tower tragedy, progress at Kensington & Chelsea can only go as fast as the grief of the families involved, Dr Barry Quirk tells Heather Jameson
Resourcing councils to prevent homelessness
Senior council politicians and officers do not feel they have adequate funding to fulfil their statutory duties under the new Homelessness Reduction Act, says Trinley Walker.
No-fault evictions to be axed
Local government has welcomed plans to axe ‘no-fault evictions’ in England as a ‘first step’ in improving housing security.
London councils unite to reveal pockets of poverty
Deven Ghelani outlines how a collaboration involving 18 London boroughs has resulted in a data analysis showing poverty hotspots and how councils might better support families and households under pressure.
Delivering a new generation of affordable homes in Croydon
Cllr Alison Butler outlines how Croydon is tackling London's housing crisis head on - and building 'local homes for local people, including affordable homes'.
Rule change signalled following London 'social cleansing' accusation
Local government secretary James Brokenshire has signalled a possible change to the rules to help councils facing an influx of London’s homeless.
A new housing strategy for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council
At the heart of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council's vision for the city-region is a comprehensive housing strategy focused on providing more homes and more accessible housing for local communities, says Graham Farrant
Government homelessness funding 'not enough'
Two out of three councils do not think £73m Government funding to help them fulfil their statutory duty to prevent homelessness is enough, a survey has found.
The beginning of the end of homelessness in Scotland?
Housing First has become the default approach to taking on homelessness in Glasgow. Ann McGauran talks to Douglas Gibson about how Scotland is ramping up delivery of the programme.