Entries by Jamie Leeming

Homeless Link Annual Review

The 2019 report ‘Support For People Experiencing Single Homelessness In England’ will act as an important benchmark as, since collecting the data, the sector has adapted to support the needs of people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. It will be crucial for us to capture the effects of the changes in the next Annual Review. […]

No Going Back To The Streets In Wales

Wales’ housing minister says she is “absolutely determined” homeless people will not have to go back on to the streets after the coronavirus pandemic. Councils are being asked to find permanent homes for hundreds of rough sleepers who moved into emergency accommodation during lockdown. Rooms in hotels, student accommodation and hostels were bought up at […]

Rough Sleepers Should Stay With Family And Friends

A Tory MP and minister for rough sleeping has been mocked for suggesting that local councils should try and get homeless people to move in with family and friends during the coronavirus crisis, reports the Liverpool Echo. The minister, Luke Hall, has written to all councils in England as pressure to find alternative accommodation for […]

Will It Be Back To The Streets For Rough Sleepers?

Thousands of homeless people who have been housed during the coronavirus pandemic could return to the streets by the end of June, a charity has warned. Since the lockdown began, more than 14,500 people who were on the streets or at risk of sleeping rough have been given emergency accommodation. But Crisis has warned contracts […]

Ban On Evictions Extended For Two Months

The government has extended its ban on evictions in England and Wales by a further two months, prolonging the breathing space for thousands of tenants who have struggled to pay the rent during lockdown. “Eviction hearings will not be heard in courts until the end of August and no one will be evicted from their […]

Thousands Of New Homes To House Rough Sleepers

Plans to provide thousands of long-term, safe homes for vulnerable rough sleepers taken off the streets during the pandemic have been unveiled by Housing Secretary Robert  Jenrick MP. This commitment will be backed by £160 million this year and will support many of the thousands of rough sleepers currently housed in emergency accommodation to move on to more sustainable, long-term housing. By accelerating plans for the £381 million announced for […]

Calls For Housing Secretary To Resign Over ‘Suspicious’ Deal

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick is facing calls to resign after he admitted “unlawfully” signing off a 1,500-home development that saved a Tory Party donor millions of pounds. The £1bn project, on the former Westferry Printworks site on London’s Isle of Dogs, was approved in January by Jenrick, reports Huffington Post. But the housing secretary’s decision came […]

Carry On Helping Rough Sleepers After Lockdown

Councils have been urged to carry on helping rough sleepers into accommodation during the coronavirus outbreak after claims efforts and funding had “fizzled out”. The government’s homelessness adviser Dame Louise Casey told local authorities not to “discriminate” against people seeking shelter and safety amid the Covid-19 pandemic, reports Sky News. She called for work to […]

Tackling Rough Sleeping After Lockdown

The government has a ‘once in a generation opportunity’ to tackle rough sleeping, says Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and the Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram. The two leaders – alongside other Labour mayors around the country – have made the unified call for government to honour its commitment to end […]

No Return To Rough Sleeping

Successful efforts to tackle rough sleeping during the Covid-19 pandemic risk being squandered if the Government fails to implement and fund a comprehensive exit strategy, say the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee in it’s interim report on protecting rough sleepers and renters. The report calls for the Government to dedicate at least £100m per year […]