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How the homeless are being trafficked into exploitative and dangerous work

The homeless are under threat from criminal gangs. They pick them up from soup kitchens and day centres across the capital with offers of money or drink in return for low-skilled work, then traffic them around the country to do slave labour. Thames Reach detail how rough sleepers are being targetted by such trafficking in.. read more →

02 Sep 2013
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Homelesssness services partner with waste management company to prevent bin deaths

The government-backed advice line Streetlink, which is operated by umbrella body Homeless Link and charity Broadway, is in talks about forming a partnership with waste management company Biffa to encourage refuse collectors to check nobody is sleeping in bins before clearing them away. The talks follow at least three deaths of homeless people sleeping in.. read more →

30 Aug 2013
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Migrant homelessness is an issue we need to stop ignoring

There are numerous sites of this type in towns, cities and rural areas around the country, some hidden, others grimly exposed and blighting local neighbourhoods. Yet this horrifying phenomenon of rough sleeping among predominantly non-UK nationals remains an issue that, with honourable exceptions, homelessness organisations are reluctant to highlight, less still debate. Jeremy Swian, Chief.. read more →

01 Aug 2013
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More people are sleeping on London’s streets, but they spend less time there

While the flow of people on to the streets seems to have increased, the stock of entrenched homeless people—the really worrying group—has swollen much less. The Mayor’s No Second Night Out policy, which provides an emergency place to sleep and some help to rough sleepers, has increased the proportion of the newly homeless spending only.. read more →

29 Jul 2013
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Increase in rough sleepers found by Outreach teams

Thames Reach are not surprised by the increase in the numbers of rough sleepers in London announced in June. Audrey Mitchell, Thames Reach’s Director of Outreach Services, said: “The CHAIN data showing an increase in the number of rough sleepers is not a surprise to us. We know from our nightly shifts that numbers are up, but through.. read more →

04 Jul 2013
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6,437 people on the streets is a statistic; one person on the streets is a tragedy

The recent figures on rough sleeping do not make for good reading: 6,437 people were seen sleeping rough in the past 12 months in London, with 4,353 of them new to the capital. To shamelessly steal (and amend) a quote: 6,437 people on the streets is a statistic; one person on the streets is a.. read more →

28 Jun 2013
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Rough sleeping goes up 13 per cent in London

The number of rough sleepers in London has gone up 13 per cent in the past year, according to statistics commissioned by the Greater London Authority and local authorities. Homelessness charity Broadway released figures today showing the number of people seen sleeping on the streets of the capital between 1 April 2012 and 31 March.. read more →

20 Jun 2013
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St Mungo’s is calling for local authorities to urgently improve the advice and assistance they offer to people asking for housing help

Charles Fraser, St Mungo’s Chief Executive, said: “It is shocking that rough sleeping numbers continue to rise and yet more people are being woefully failed. Without urgent action, we are in danger of seeing a decade of destitution and despair.” St Mungo’s is calling for local authorities to urgently improve the advice and assistance they.. read more →

20 Jun 2013
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The number of people seen rough sleeping in London has risen by 13 per cent in the past year, according to a new report

Street  to Home 2012/13’, produced by Broadway Homelessness and Support, shows that 6,437 people were seen sleeping  on the streets of the Capital between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013. This  compares to 5,678 the previous year. However, the report also shows that a greater proportion of people were  only seen sleeping rough once in.. read more →

20 Jun 2013
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Just because an alarming number of homeless people die young, doesn’t mean we should get used to it

Jeremy Swain, Chief Executive of homelessness charity Thames Reach, blogs about how people within the homeless sector can almost become immune to death on the streets. …there is a danger that the familiar ritual of attending another funeral means we become immune to the gravity of a life ended early. Recently some of us working with people.. read more →

07 Jun 2013
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