NAO: Ministers' approach to homelessness has been intentionally light touch
The NAO’s Matthew Wilkins warns pressures on councils to house homeless people in the short-term means they are poorly equipped to prevent it going forward.
Burnham adds to Universal Credit pause calls
Greater Manchester’s estimated 400 rough sleepers could at least double if the Government fails to pause the rollout of Universal Credit (UC), the region’s mayor Andy Burnham has said.
Homelessness strategy needs urgent repair
Ahead of the London Councils Summit in November, Sir Steve Bullock outlines the capital’s homelessness crisis, while Cllr Peter John and Cllr Sean Anstee examine what unites the UK’s cities.
Delay homeless laws until more data is available
Ministers have been urged to delay new homelessness laws amid reports that the number of ‘hidden homeless’ is significantly higher than official estimates.
Shelter calls for legal loophole closure
A legal loophole has allowed big developers in Kensington and Chelsea to avoid building more than 700 social homes.
Welfare policy undermining councils fight against homelessness
The Government’s welfare policy is preventing councils from effectively tackling homelessness, a new report has shown.
London: it’s a tale of two cities
London is not just Parliament or City Hall. The capital’s 33 boroughs all have very different needs and inequalities in resources must be addressed in a more balanced way, writes Cllr Teresa O’Neill.
DCLG ‘light-touch’ fuels homeless rise
Soaring homelessness levels have been described as a ‘national scandal’ after auditors warned ministers were failing to evaluate the impact of their reforms.
Fresh calls made for overhaul of children’s services
An expert has called for a comprehensive shakeup of children’s services amid fears councils will increasingly be ‘picking up the pieces of troubled young lives’.
Councils urged to review homelessness procedures
Councils have been urged to ensure their homelessness procedures are ‘fit for purpose’ after faults were found with the treatment of a disabled woman.
Homelessness predicted to rocket
Rough sleeping has been predicted to rocket by 76% in the next 10 years, according to new analysis by homeless charity Crisis.
Rental boost revealed as homelessness rises
The Government has announced further plans to boost the private rental sector and tackle affordability in the market.
You know it’s the summer silly season when the annual surge in ‘loony council’ stories hit the tabloids.
Opening new doors
Managing demand for homelessness services is a growing issue for local authorities. Havering has taken significant measures to be prepared, and as Beatrice Cingtho-Taylor says, others need to follow.
Let’s get our houses in order
The NAO’s Matthew Wilkins looks at the housebuilding challenges ahead for the Government in the wake of the organisation’s recent overview on housing.
Temporary accommodation crisis places fresh pressure on budgets
Councils are housing an extra secondary school’s worth of homeless children each month, placing fresh pressure on budgets for temporary accommodation, new research has found.
Homelessness figures a ‘stain on nation’s conscience’
New government homelessness figures are a ‘stain on our nation’s conscience,’ the outgoing leader of the Lib Dems, Tim Farron, has said.
We can help you achieve your objectives, Westminster
Jo Miller looks at the current state of the state and argues local government could make best use of the public purse because it understands the unintended consequences of Westminster policies.
Stamping out homelessness
Jo Brooks explains how East Cambridgeshire DC’s trailblazing tactics are working to eradicate homelessness.
Avoiding an accommodation crisis
A partnership between Essex CC, social justice charity Nacro and providers Family Mosaic is developing an innovative accommodation and support pathway for young people. Joanne Drew explains.