rough sleeping

  • Landmark judgement brings rough sleeping clarity

    11 March 2021

    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'

    25 February 2021

    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

    29 January 2021

    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

    18 January 2021

    Kelly Tolhurst stepped down from the role for family reasons after five months in the role.

  • Councils asked to 'redouble efforts' on rough sleeping

    08 January 2021

    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

    25 November 2020

    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

    17 November 2020

    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

    05 November 2020

    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

    04 November 2020

    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?

    09 October 2020

    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

    05 October 2020

    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

    25 September 2020

    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

    20 August 2020

    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

    24 July 2020

    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

    07 July 2020

    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

    24 June 2020

    Ministers have unveiled a further £105m of funding to help keep rough sleepers off the streets after the pandemic.

  • Woolas backs rough sleeping fund

    23 June 2020

    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

    08 June 2020

    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

    05 June 2020

    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

    01 June 2020

    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.