Councils have 'serious concerns' over protecting rough sleepers this winter
Some councils will face the 'difficult choice' of leaving people to sleep rough or placing them in unsafe accommodation this winter, a new report has warned.
Councils asked to review rough sleeping plans
Councils have been asked to review their plans and ensure every rough sleeper is offered somewhere safe to go to help protect them from COVID-19.
Crisis call for return of Everyone In
The chief executive of homelessness charity Crisis has called for ring-fenced funding for councils to provide COVID-safe accommodation for anyone at risk of rough sleeping.
Councils stare into a highly uncertain financial future
Extra funding will help English councils this year, but big questions remain for 2021 and beyond, says associate director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies David Phillips.
Ensuring a brighter future for care leavers
As Care Leavers' Week begins today, the Government is publishing best practice guidance for councils on accommodation and support that's designed to help them ensure young people can flourish, say ministers Kelly Tolhurst and Vicky Ford.
Where are the homes this winter?
COVID has shown we need even more affordable housing and further government initiatives to tackle rising levels of homelessness made worse by the pandemic’s economic impact, writes Robert Pollock.
Ministry needs to be more than just a 'dating agency', Dame Louise tells Solace
Local government bodies need a plan to get the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) taken seriously at the top level of Government, a former adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned.
Councils secure £10m to help homeless this winter
Councils will receive a new £10m Cold Weather Fund to help rough sleepers stay safe this winter.
Reducing homelessness through radical recruitment
A new Radical Futures employment initiative will reduce the burden on councils and prevent homelessness, says Emma Freivogel.
How can councils prepare homelessness services for a second wave?
We’ve proven we can tackle rough sleeping and keep people safe during COVID-19 says John Glenton – and now we need to be ready to do so again.
Joint call for increased funding to help rough sleepers
A host of health and homelessness organisations have implored the Government to take ‘bold action’ and help councils bring rough sleepers off the streets this winter.
Rough sleeping advisory panel sidelined
A government-backed advisory panel formed to help eradicate rough sleeping has met just once in the last year, it has emerged.
Pre-winter Crisis call
More funding and emergency legal changes are ‘critical’ so local authorities can continue to support people in safe and secure accommodation, the chief executive of homelessness charity Crisis has said.
Social homes are not a quick fix issue
CIPFA's David Ayre considers if councils will have the capacity and resilience to be able to respond to the call for more social homes, and says radical change is needed that will take time to implement.
Grenfell council calls for homeless help
A small London council has called for other boroughs to help house its homeless.
Liverpool to replace homeless shelters
The city council is to close its ‘shared sleeping sites’ for homeless people and provide self-contained accommodation.
Evictions ban extended
The Government has extended the ban on evictions of renters for a further month following lobbying by councils.
Councils warn of ‘avalanche of evictions’
The local government sector is braced for a deluge of homelessness following the end of the evictions ban.
EXCLUSIVE: Casey steps back from homelessness response
Dame Louise Casey has stepped back from helping with the Government’s emergency homelessness response, The MJ understands.
'Unique model' could be expanded
A ‘unique model’ that procures accommodation for homeless Londoners and those at risk could be expanded as the capital faces a ‘tsunami’ of homelessness.