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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…
A chronic shortage of housing support for women released from custody is driving them back to prison, a report claims. Arrangements are often made at the last-minute, with some women unsure on the morning of their release if they will have accommodation that night, according to the Prison Reform Trust…
A double-decker bus offering refuge to rough sleepers in Windsor has been impounded ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, a charity has said. Thames Valley Police said the The Ark Project's 10-bed bus was seized from the town centre on Thursday due to an issue with the driver's…
A new village has opened to provide stable accommodation to homeless people as part of campaign to eradicate the issue in Scotland. Social Bite Village launched on Thursday in Granton, Edinburgh to provide a place to live and support for up to 20 people. The project, believed to be the…
A long-time rough sleeper has dismissed protesters planning to line the royal wedding route in sleeping bags as "anarchists" intent on causing trouble.William "Bill" Watson, who has lived in the borough for four months, said planned homeless solidarity events were an excuse for people to "cause a riot".The 50-year-old, originally…
Disabled people are being trapped inside their homes because of a "chronic" shortage of suitable housing, a new report warns.The Equality and Human Rights Commission said 365,000 disabled people have reported that their homes are not suitable for their needs.The Government was urged to take action to make all new…
New laws to ensure victims of domestic violence will have access to social housing when they flee their abuser have been backed by MPs. The Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill protects lifetime tenancies for those who flee their home because of domestic abuse, whether they apply for rehousing…
Big Issue vendors are being offered free tickets to see a documentary about a group for homeless people in a notorious area of Los Angeles, made in partnership with the magazine. Skid Row Marathon will be screened across the UK on Wednesday, telling the story of a running group formed…
Hidden homelessness could be almost 10 times worse than official figures suggest with an estimated 51,500 people living in bed and breakfasts (B&Bs), according to a new report. Homeless charity Justlife warns households are living in "modern-day slums" after slipping through the cracks in the system. The organisation says the…
Ministers spent £5 million preparing a policy that affected 90 people in its first three months before it was scrapped, according to new figures. Last month Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey announced a U-turn on the policy to remove automatic entitlement to housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds, which…
A family of five were forced to spend three years living in a single hotel room while their local council failed to help them find permanent accommodation, a watchdog said. Bristol City Council did not treat the family's housing and homelessness applications properly, a Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman…
More and more homeless people are becoming trapped in temporary accommodation such as B&Bs as councils fail to provide enough affordable, stable homes, a new report said. Seven out of 10 local councils in England surveyed by Crisis struggle to find stable social housing for homeless people in their area,…
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