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Some 60% of people claiming the main long-term sickness benefit believe the amount of money they get is not enough to live on, according to a major new survey. Labour called the findings from Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants "a damning indictment of the Government's treatment of sick and…
A Tory MP promoted in Theresa May's reshuffle has apologised over a blog post suggesting benefit claimants should have vasectomies. Ben Bradley, who was named as Conservative vice chairman for youth, said people on welfare should stop having children if they could not afford them, before suggesting sterilisation. The Mansfield…
The Prime Minister has said she disagrees with a Tory council leader who called on police to clear rough sleepers from Windsor before the royal wedding. Simon Dudley said beggars could present the town in a "sadly unfavourable light" when Prince Harry marries American actress Meghan Markle in May. He…
Hundreds of millions of pounds from dormant accounts are to be used to help the homeless and boost good causes. The £330 million windfall is to come from bank and building society accounts that have remained untouched for at least 15 years and where the holder cannot be traced by…
Homelessness in England is a "national crisis" and the Government's approach to tackling the problem has been an "abject failure", according to a damning report. More than 9,000 people are sleeping rough on the streets and over 78,000 households, including 120,000 children, are homeless and living in temporary accommodation, often…
A charity has unveiled what it claims is the world's first vending machine for the homeless. Action Hunger installed the device in the Broadmarsh Centre in Nottingham to provide food, socks and toothbrushes, among other essentials, to people sleeping rough at Christmas. The machines can only be accessed with a…
Homeless families are routinely being housed in damp or infested temporary accommodation for weeks on end, a report into local councils has found. Too many people are being left in situations which are "simply unacceptable in modern society", the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman said. Many local councils still…
A charity has described homelessness figures as "nothing short of a tragedy" after an official report showed the numbers in England have increased. The number of households in temporary accommodation has surged by 65% since 2010. Local authorities accepted 15,290 households as being statutorily homeless between July 1 and September…
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