Entries by Jamie Leeming

Helping The Homeless Cope With The Heat

There’s lots of information about how members of the public can take positive action when they see someone sleeping rough in cold weather. But periods of hot weather can also be harmful for people sleeping rough. Director of StreetLink Fiona Colley discusses what people can do if they are concerned about someone sleeping rough during the summer […]

Merseyside Households Facing Eviction

Thousands of Merseyside families were made homeless or threatened with eviction since the start of the pandemic, reports the Liverpool Echo. The latest available figures show that between April and December last year a total of 2,201 households asked their council for help after being made homeless, or as they were on the brink of […]

‘Desperate Need’ For More Social Housing

A rising number of homeless people are being placed into bed and breakfast accommodation, the Local Government Association said. Councils in England are spending five times more on housing homeless people in B&Bs than they were a decade ago, analysis of official figures shows, reports the Evening Standard. A rising number of homeless people are […]

New Government Bill Threatens The Homeless

Homeless Link set out their concerns about Part 4 of the Police Bill, which could have important implications for homelessness. The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is one of the most controversial bills in Parliament at present.  It is an extraordinarily complex piece of legislation, running to 307 pages in 13 different parts. Homeless Link is most concerned about Part […]

Welsh Tenants Fear Eviction

“Hundreds” of people could be forced from their homes after the ban on evictions comes to an end next week, reports the BBC. Shelter Cymru said Wales’ system “won’t cope” with the fresh demand that may be placed on it after 30 June. The evictions ban in Wales came into force in December “to protect […]

Restaurant Feeds The Homeless

A London restaurant has supported a homeless charity by helping deliver more than 75,000 meals to rough sleepers since last March. One of London’s longest-standing Indian restaurants is hosting an exhibition celebrating volunteers who helped deliver more than 75,000 meals to rough sleepers across the capital during the pandemic. The restaurant, Punjab, which has sat […]

Donations Pour In For Homeless Man Who Was Attacked

A homeless man has received an outpouring of support after he was reportedly attacked by a gang of kids, reports the Liverpool Echo. The Echo reported on Sunday that Tracey Britton found the man called Mark, ‘with tears in his eyes’ outside Aldi on Queens Drive in West Derby as he told her what had […]

Homeless ‘Cleared Out’ Of Cornwall To Make Way For G7

The G7 cavalcades have left ­Carbis Bay now, and the whirr of helicopters has been replaced once more by birdsong. But as the ‘ring of steel’ is dismantled, there has been more left hanging over Cornwall this week than a sense of missed opportunity, reports the Mirror. As former Prime Minister Gordon Brown accused the […]

Hotels For The Homeless

Thousands of rough sleepers were given rooms in hotels as part of the UK’s emergency response to coronavirus during the first lockdown. The unprecedented effort was described by some as a silver lining to the dark clouds of Covid-19, reports the BBC. “At the beginning, we were thrown in at the deep end – nobody […]

HSBC ‘No-Fixed-Address’ Account Helps The Homeless

A homeless man from Wirral said a bank saved him from the streets and now his life is “much brighter”, reports the Liverpool Echo. Eddie (not his real name) became homeless in 2019 after his relationship broke down due to him losing his job. The 34-year-old was left with no accommodation and no income, he […]