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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…
Housing developers and associations have signed up to an NHS scheme which will see them make people's home environments a healthier place. The partnerships with NHS England aim to expand ideas for healthy living such as dementia-friendly houses and restricting fast food sales to children. Other schemes that could be…
Private renters in England have a "toss of a coin" chance of facing eviction if they complain their home is not up to scratch, Citizens Advice has found. This is despite measures introduced three years ago to stamp out "revenge evictions". Citizens Advice found that private renters who formally complain…
Five of England's leading letting agents are discriminating against tenants on housing benefit, a report has claimed. Homelessness charity Shelter and the National Housing Federation said their undercover investigation of 149 regional letting agent branches found one in 10 had a policy not to let to anyone on housing benefit,…
Thousands of extra homes, specially designed for people with disabilities, mental health issues and older people who need extra support, will be created over the next three years with an additional £76 million a year, the government announced today. This supported or specialised housing is designed to be accessible and…
The Government has committed no new money to pay for its flagship £100 million fund to eradicate rough sleeping within the decade, Housing Secretary James Brokenshire has admitted. The fund was welcomed by homelessness charities as a significant step towards helping the estimated 4,751 people sleeping rough on English streets…
Theresa May has declared her aim to help homeless people "turn their lives around" as the Government launched a £100 million plan to end rough sleeping on England's streets. The strategy was welcomed by homelessness charities, who said it was a significant step towards meeting the Conservative manifesto commitment to…
Ministers have dropped plans for a new local grant fund to pay for councils to provide short-term emergency supported accommodation. The fund was a key part of proposals set out last October, when Theresa May abandoned former chancellor George Osborne's plan for a cap to cut housing benefit costs in…
An emergency payment scheme for homeowners flooded during Saturday's heavy downpours in Northern Ireland has been opened. Belfast International Airport recorded more rainfall than the average for the whole of the month. Some homes in Muckamore in Co Antrim were inundated and an estate in Lurgan in Co Armagh was…
Tenants receiving Universal Credit are collectively in £24 million worth of rent arrears, housing associations have warned. The findings were compiled from surveys of 118 housing associations across Britain. They were released by the National Housing Federation, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, Community Housing Cymru and the Northern Irish…
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