Entries by Jamie Leeming

‘Everyone In’ Again In Halton

All homeless people in Halton will continue to receive temporary accommodation after the council agreed to maintain its “everyone in” policy, reports the Liverpool Echo. The policy, introduced by the government in response to Covid-19, means everyone seeking help from council homelessness services should be accommodated regardless of whether they met the normal eligibility criteria. But […]

Chancellor Urged To Invest To End Homelessness

With just days to go until he announces his Spending Review, Homeless Link wrote to the Chancellor to draw his attention to interventions they believe are crucial to ensure that the Prime Minister’s ambition to eliminating rough sleeping and homelessness is realised. Homeless Link wrote: “We all know this has been a tumultuous year. Yet there can be […]

Homeless Pupils “Arrive At School Hungry, Tired And In Dirty Clothing”

More than half of teachers in Britain have worked with children who were, or became, homeless and had to live in temporary housing in the past three years, a new survey has found. The research, conducted by homeless charity Shelter, found that 56 per cent of teachers had taught children whose academic performance and general wellbeing […]

Fears Of A Rise In Homelessness During A Second Lockdown

More than a thousand families in Merseyside became homeless during the first lock-down – and campaigners warn many more could find themselves in this situation in the coming months. The latest official figures from the government have revealed that 1,071 households in our area were found to be homeless or threatened with homelessness between April […]

New Briefing On Winter Homeless Crisis

On 2 November, Homeless Link called on the Government to deliver Everyone In 2.0 as we entered the winter lockdown. In the following days, the Government announced the Protect Programme, providing a £15 million top-up to areas with the highest rough sleeping numbers. However, Homeless Link says the ‘Protect Programme’ does not go far enough and their […]

Rough Sleepers Back On The Streets Of Wales

Nearly a quarter of the number of rough sleepers given temporary housing during Wales’ first lockdown are living on the streets again, figures show. In April, all the estimated 407 rough sleepers were given a place to stay but Welsh Government figures indicated 101 people were sleeping rough in August, reports the BBC. Charity Shelter […]

Free Haircuts Help The Homeless In Liverpool

A group of friends who completed their barbering training together have been visiting city centres to give free haircuts to homeless people, reports the Liverpool Echo. Steve O’Connor, 29, together with friends Jake Kel and Luke Glover, both 25, all work in Barbers No1 at locations throughout the city and in Warrington. Steve told the […]

Thousands Made Homeless During The Pandemic

Tens of thousands of people have been made homeless since the start of the pandemic despite a ban on evictions with charities warning that younger people are falling through the gaps. Since April this year at least 90,063 people in the UK have been threatened with homelessness – and more than half of these have […]

Final Round Of Funding For Homeless Charities

A final 60 homelessness charities whose finances have been affected by the pandemic have been awarded grants from the second round of Homeless Link’s COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund, reports Homeless Link. Overall, 103 grants have been allocated, with organisations sharing a total of almost £4.3 million of funding provided by The National Lottery Community Fund, […]

Time For ‘Everyone In 2.0’

As a second lockdown looms over England, homelessness charities and councillors have urged the government to bring back a scheme thought to have saved the lives of hundreds of rough sleepers during the first, reports The Guardian. About 15,000 homeless people were provided emergency accommodation in hotels in March and April this year as part […]