Landmark judgement brings rough sleeping clarity
Councils have the legal powers to help people with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) who are sleeping rough during the pandemic after a landmark judgement.
Rough sleeping stats: 'We're still a long way from zero'
The number of people sleeping rough in England was up by more than half on 2010 despite the Everyone In scheme, the latest annual snapshot has shown.
Call for clarity on support for rough sleepers
A minister has been pressed to issue new guidance for councils on what support can be given to rough sleepers with no recourse to public funds (NRPF).
Hughes named new rough sleeping minister
Kelly Tolhurst stepped down from the role for family reasons after five months in the role.
Councils asked to 'redouble efforts' on rough sleeping
English councils have been asked to ‘redouble their efforts’ to help accommodate people sleeping rough, with the Government finding an additional £10m funding.
SPENDING REVIEW: Live to fight another year
Local government has probably got just about enough from the chancellor to keep the show on the road, says Jonathan Werran. 'And possibly extend the road for the sake of kicking the familiar battered can that is social care funding down it...'
Staying agile through the second lockdown
During 'Lockdown 2.0', resilient multi-agency systems and practices of support and enforcement are embedded throughout Great Yarmouth, Norfolk and the wider region, with councils working with partners closely and flexibly, says Sheila Oxtoby.
Councils asked to review rough sleeping plans
Councils have been asked to review their plans and ensure every rough sleeper is offered somewhere safe to go to help protect them from COVID-19.
Crisis call for return of Everyone In
The chief executive of homelessness charity Crisis has called for ring-fenced funding for councils to provide COVID-safe accommodation for anyone at risk of rough sleeping.
How can councils prepare homelessness services for a second wave?
We’ve proven we can tackle rough sleeping and keep people safe during COVID-19 says John Glenton – and now we need to be ready to do so again.
Rough sleeping advisory panel sidelined
A government-backed advisory panel formed to help eradicate rough sleeping has met just once in the last year, it has emerged.
Pre-winter Crisis call
More funding and emergency legal changes are ‘critical’ so local authorities can continue to support people in safe and secure accommodation, the chief executive of homelessness charity Crisis has said.
EXCLUSIVE: Casey steps back from homelessness response
Dame Louise Casey has stepped back from helping with the Government’s emergency homelessness response, The MJ understands.
Helping Westminster's rough sleepers turn their lives around
The pandemic gave Westminster City Council a chance to not only offer rough sleepers a home but to support them with the services they need to start over, says Cllr Rachael Robathan.
Let's hold on to what we've learned
John O'Brien says that for 'all of the enormous and well documented challenges, people at the local government front line have achieved remarkable things at pace and scale'. We must hold on to what has been learned, he adds.
£105m cash boost to keep homeless off the streets
Ministers have unveiled a further £105m of funding to help keep rough sleepers off the streets after the pandemic.
Woolas backs rough sleeping fund
Former local government minister Phil Woolas has backed a social impact fund that promises to house 2,000 rough sleepers by the end of 2020.
Policing the street population in the context of COVID-19
Dr Arabella Kyprianides and professors Ben Bradford and Clifford Stott examine how the challenges faced by police, local government and partner agencies when policing London’s street population are being addressed.
Councils must challenge Government fearlessly for pandemic cash
Local government needs to reach out to others to support a campaign for Government to meet its duty to fund local authority shortfalls, says John Tizard.
We've only just begun
After working with councils to get thousands of rough sleepers off the streets, Dame Louise Casey tells Heather Jameson about the next task - ending rough sleeping for good.