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A planned strike by workers at the Shelter charity has been called off after a new pay deal was accepted.Members of the Unite union were due to walk out for three days from Tuesday but last-ditch talks have helped secure a deal.Unite said it had secured a "vastly improved" 4%…
Two property entrepreneurs have offered to donate some of their flats to homeless people in a collaboration with the charity Social Bite.Graeme and Leanne Carling are offering units from their property stock in Tayside to house people free of charge.The couple, who own private property rental and management firm PRS…
The UK's housing crisis will be "felt across a generation" as the latest figures reveal the scale of children living in homelessness, a charity has warned.Shelter urged the public to support its Christmas appeal which aims to provide families with "the vital helpline advice and services they need in order…
Thousands of vulnerable young people will be homeless or at risk of homelessness in the weeks leading up to Christmas, a charity has said.Centrepoint said 18,000 young people aged 16-25 in the UK are currently or under threat of sleeping rough, and warned that homelessness is not always visible.The charity…
Scotland’s Housing Minister has pledged to bring forward legislation to restrict the use of unsuitable temporary accommodation for homeless people.Kevin Stewart said the government would consult on the issue early in 2019.He said: “We recognise that work needs to be done here. We will consult on all of this at…
Staff at the housing charity Shelter are to stage a three-day strike over a "derisory" pay offer.Members of Unite will walk out on December 11, with the union warning the organisation's ability to offer advice and support in the run-up to Christmas will be "seriously affected".Unite said Shelter had offered…
Scotland could become a “world-leader in ending homelessness” under a new plan to end rough sleeping, charities have said.The Scottish Government said it will shift towards getting homeless people into long-term and settled accommodation as part of their Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan.Described as a “historic opportunity to make a…
People lost their home every 18 minutes in Scotland last year, according to a new study.Figures published by Shelter Scotland indicate 43,000 people, including children, became homeless in 2017.The analysis follows a report by Shelter Scotland that homelessness applications rose in the country for the first time in nine years…
A homelessness charity wants ministers to bring forward legislation to place a seven-day limit on the use of unsuitable temporary homeless accommodation, such as B&Bs.Crisis surveyed homeless people living in B&Bs, hotels or unsupported hostels in six council areas in Scotland and found many felt isolated and depressed and were…
A £20 million scheme to help rough sleepers off the streets and into secure homes has been announced by the Government ahead of World Homeless Day. The Private Rented Sector Access Fund will be open for bids from English councils from Wednesday as part of a drive to combat homelessness,…
An investigation is under way after a man believed to have lived in a six-foot shed for 40 years was rescued by specialist officers. The 58-year-old was found at a residential site north of Carlisle in Cumbria in a dawn raid on Wednesday by officers from the Gangmasters and Labour…
Unsuitable accommodation is exacerbating the conditions of social housing tenants with pre-existing mental health problems, according to new research. Mental health charity Mind found that the difficulties those with mental illnesses face navigating the social housing system are hindering their recovery or worsening their conditions. The charity surveyed 2,009 people…
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