Housing

Outrage as homeless people are refused social housing due to benefit cuts

Councils and housing associations say renting to homeless people has become 'too risky'.

£1bn a year funding gap in homelessness services ‘a matter of life and death’

Vital homelessness services in England are facing a £1billion a year funding gap due to Government cuts.

Homeless disabled woman left in unsuitable temporary accommodation, says Ombudsman

The woman had previously been sleeping rough in an airport.

Homeless family left in damp and cockroach-infested properties, says Ombudsman

Council did not deal properly with disrepair issues at two properties where it placed a homeless family.

Heartless council removed homeless people’s tents and only belongings

The heartless eviction of rough sleepers in Cardiff city centre was supervised by police officers.

Cuts are preventing councils from helping the homeless

Councils warn that vital services are suffering as a result of ongoing austerity.

Homeless teen ‘soaked’ by McDonalds staff whilst sleeping rough in Leicester

A McDonalds spokesperson apologised for the incident and said "more consideration needs to be shown in the future".

Homeless to be given ‘stab proof coats’ following surge in attacks against rough sleepers

Rough sleepers are 17 times more likely to be the victims of violence than non-homeless people.

Family left in unaffordable flat after council denies right to appeal homelessness decision

The council’s actions denied the father his rights as a homeless person, says Ombudsman.

Tory energy cancellations risk leaving 20 million homes in the dark, warn Labour

"The Tories risk failing in one of the first duties of any Government – keeping the lights on."

Seven benefit assessors jailed over £1m housing benefit fraud

The assessors created false housing benefit claims over a period of six years.

Could this finally be the end for landlords who discriminate against benefit claimants?

Private landlords and letting agents to be banned from rejecting people on benefits.

‘There’s no such thing as the bedroom tax’, says Tory welfare spokesperson

Tories 'in denial' over the impact of their own welfare policies, say SNP.

Homeless charities warn of ‘national emergency’ as soaring numbers of rough sleepers are admitted to hospitals

"The Government must ensure housing benefit can cover rents, and ramp up efforts to build more social homes."

Building 100,000 social homes a year would have wiped billions off the housing benefit bill

New research highlights the growing need for a genuine "renaissance in council housebuilding".

Nearly half of children in private rented homes are living in poverty

The number of children in private rented homes who are living in poverty has increased by 69% since 2008.

Half of Universal Credit claimants ‘struggling to keep a roof over their heads’

Citizens Advice warns that far too many Universal Credit claimants are still struggling to keep a roof over the heads.

Mentally ill man ‘forced to sleep on the streets’ after Universal Credit slashed

He claims that a letter asking him to attend a Jobcentre appointment was sent to the wrong address.

Charities demand action on rough sleeping as vulnerable people are left to die on the streets

"A national crisis": Official figures show rough sleeping in England has soared by 165% since 2010.

Woman loses her baby after Universal Credit ‘error’ left her homeless

DWP error meant that an ‘automatic’ rent payment was missed.

Shocking figures spark calls for the MoD to house homeless veterans

"Risk of homelessness is all too common among veterans", says MSP.

Scottish Government spend £125m to mitigate the worst of Tory benefit cuts

New Social Security Scotland agency had also spent £34 million making over 150,000 payments of Carers Allowance Supplement and Best Start Grants.

Over 200 housing associations pledge to tackle homelessness crisis

National Housing Federation welcome "positive" commitment to ending rough sleeping and homelessness.

Tory Minister admits welfare cuts are driving record levels of homelessness

'We need to ask ourselves some very hard questions', says Housing Minister.

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