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UK Budget 2016: George Osborne makes £110m pledge to help homeless people

George Osborne is to spend more than  £110 million in tomorrow’s Budget on a drive to end the scandal of rough sleeping in London and other cities. The Chancellor will champion a series of new measures, aimed particularly at the capital, to provide a better safety net for vulnerable people in danger of being forced.. read more →

Rising number of people are sleeping in bins, refuse collectors warn

The refuse collection industry is increasingly concerned about the rising number of people sleeping in dustbins, an unexpected consequence of the rise in rough sleeping, and has issued safety guidance to bin lorry drivers on how to prevent homeless people from being crushed in compaction units. Figures collected by one of the UK’s largest waste management firms,.. read more →

Homelessness crisis: ministers consider ‘prevention duty’ for councils

Ministers are considering changes to the law in an attempt to support the growing number of people on the brink of homelessness, including tens of thousands of “sofa surfers” currently denied official help to keep them off the streets. Options include introducing a new duty of prevention in England, which would force councils to provide advice.. read more →

Stop the scandal: an investigation into mental health and rough sleeping

It’s not right that anyone should be without a home, and it’s nothing short of a scandal that people with mental health problems are stuck sleeping rough. St Mungo’s has investigated the issue of mental health and rough sleeping to improve our understanding of the problem and propose some solutions. Our research is based on.. read more →

One night on the streets: a portrait of homelessness in Britian

The Guardian sent reporters to five cities on Thursday night to report on how the people at the heart of Britain’s homelessness crisis are coping. Click here to read their stories on the Guardian website read more →

Welcome news that Government plans to ensure a ‘strong safety net’

St Mungo’s Broadway has welcomed today’s announcement from the Government about new measures to tackle homelessness and “ensure there is a strong safety net in place for the most vulnerable people in society.” A “radical new package of measures”  was announced by Communities Minister Marcus Jones. Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of St Mungo’s Broadway, said: “Today’s.. read more →

Homelessness in Canada

Kate Thomson and Iver Morgan of St Mungo’s Broadway travelled to Toronto and Calgary in October to gain insight into how organisations are tackling homelessness in Canada. Over ten packed days, Kate and Iver met staff from more than 15 organisations in Toronto and Calgary, and managed to attend the first Toronto homelessness research symposium. To.. read more →

Homelessness projects given £250k Future Ready boost

Innovative projects across England have this week been awarded up to £25k each to help ensure they can face future challenges in the sector and continue tackling homelessness. Grants totalling £247,250 have been allocated to 12 projects in the final round of funding from the Future Ready Fund, which aims to strengthen and secure the.. read more →

Why are homeless services are failing women?

‘Homeless services are developed by and for men, with little consideration for the problems experienced by women’ Writes Alexia Murphy in The Guardian. Click here to read the full article. Women’s homelessness is a “sad chronicle of missed opportunities” to get the right help to women at the right time, says a new report report.. read more →

Crisis PRS scheme receives funding for 2 more years

 A Crisis scheme helping single homeless people into private rented sector accommodation has been given a £2 million funding boost by the government. The new funding announced by housing minister Kris Hopkins today will allow the Crisis private rented sector access development programme to continue for a further two years. Click here to read the.. read more →