Entries by Jamie Leeming

The Race Is On For Renters

Intense competition between tenants is creating a race to rent as the amount of time listings are up for gets shorter, figures compiled for the BBC show. Two-bedroom rental homes are listed on Zoopla for an average of 25 days, some 10 days less than the pre-pandemic average, estate agency Savills said. High demand and […]

Home Office Scraps Plan To Arrest ‘Smelly’ Rough Sleepers

The government has softened the Criminal Justice Bill after parliament pressure – but ‘unnecessary’ Vagrancy Act replacement still leaves rough sleepers at risk of prison, reports the Big Issue. The government has removed controversial measures in the Criminal Justice Bill that could have seen rough sleepers fined thousands of pounds or face prison over their […]

Refugee Households In Wirral Facing Homelessness

New figures show dozens of refugee households were facing homelessness in Wirral in the last quarter of 2023, reports the Wirral Globe. The number of asylum seekers living in temporary accommodation has grown massively over the past year across England, as a refugee charity brands the rise “tragic yet predictable”. Data from the Department of Housing, […]

Seven Kids In Every School Could Be Homeless By 2030

Glastonbury founder Sir Michael Eavis, homeless charities and social housing campaigners have written to the leaders of the three main parties calling for urgent action on the housing crisis, reports the Mirror. A generation of children risk having “their futures snatched away” if the next Prime Minister doesn’t act on the housing crisis, campaigners have […]

Number Of Women Sleeping Rough ‘Vastly Underestimated’

The week-long women’s rough sleeping census found homeless women are more hidden than male counterparts and missing from official the rough sleeping count, reports the Big Issue. Official street homelessness counts could be underestimating the number of homeless women on the streets in England by as much as nine times, the first national women’s rough […]

Child Homelessness Up

According to new figures, the number of homeless children living in temporary accommodation in Warrington has almost doubled in a year, reports the Warrington Guardian. Latest data from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) shows a record number of homeless children living in short-term accommodation across England. A housing charity cautioned a […]

Homelessness Jumps 16% In England

Official figures show nearly 45,000 households had nowhere to live in the three months to December last year, reports the Guardian. Figures published by the government on Tuesday show nearly 45,000 households in England were assessed as homeless in the three months to December, up from just under 39,000 during the same period in 2022. […]

A Letter From The Government…

As Secretaries of State in the Department for Education and the Department for Levelling Up Housing and Communities, we have seen the commendable work carried out by your teams in supporting those in care and care leavers. We have also listened to powerful representations made by the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care, people working […]

Wigan Council Needs £1m To Support Young Homeless

New research suggests Wigan Council needs almost £1m in extra funding to help every young person facing homelessness, reports Wigan Today. Councils are obligated to assess anyone who seeks homelessness support. This means issuing a prevention duty, stopping them from becoming homeless if they are deemed to be at risk, or a relief duty, where […]

Nespresso Commits £1m To Support The Homeless

Nespresso has announced its partnership with Change Please, a social enterprise founded in London in 2015, reports Retail Times. The partnership will see Nespresso support Change Please Foundation with its mission of empowering individuals who are experiencing homelessness through a commitment of £1 Million in its first year. As part of its 2022/23 Impact Report, […]