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UK homeless face double winter whammy of COVID-19, deep freeze

Uk Manchester rough sleeping

London, UKThomson Reuters Foundation Britain’s rough sleepers face a double winter whammy of freezing weather and deadly coronavirus, advocates said on Thursday, urging the government to resurrect its emergency pandemic measures and put a roof over every head. In a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 18 charities and organisations called for a repeat of […]

Rough sleeping falls in England – but “damning” rise in London

Thomson Reuters Foundation The number of people sleeping rough in England fell in 2018 for the first time in a decade to 4,677, the British government said on Thursday, after pledging to end the problem by 2027. Yet numbers were up 16 per cent in England’s three largest cities – Birmingham, Manchester and London – […]

Venezuelan migrants surge into Colombia as political crisis deepens

Thomson Reuters Foundation Increasing numbers of Venezuelans are crossing the border into Colombia to escape a worsening political crisis and economic meltdown, aid groups said on Thursday, putting more strain on social services and overcrowded shelters. Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaido, swore himself in as interim head of state on Wednesday, with the support of […]

Sharp rise in deaths of homeless people in England and Wales, official data shows

Thomson Reuters Foundation The number of people who died while homeless in England and Wales climbed nearly a quarter in five years, according to the first official data, which was published on Thursday. The Office for National Statistics, a government agency, said 597 homeless people died last year, a rise from 482 who died in 2013. […]

Public hits back at ‘hostile architecture’ in European cities

Building with spikes

LondonThomson Reuters Foundation Short, sharp spikes in a doorway, thick curved arms dividing a public bench to stop people sleeping there, metal railings demarcating a park – such designs are an increasingly common sight on Europe’s streets. From London to Hamburg, urban planners are redesigning public spaces to curb rough sleeping, but artists and citizens […]

Thousands of British families homeless despite being in work

Thomson Reuters Foundation More than half of homeless families in Britain now have at least one adult in work after a sharp rise in the number of employed people unable to afford a secure home, a leading homelessness charity said on Monday. More than 33,000 working families do not have a stable place to live, […]

Britain could end homelessness in 10 years, says charity

Thomson Reuters Foundation Britain could end a homelessness crisis within a decade if it invests more in social housing and benefits, a charity said on Monday, warning that the number of rough sleepers could nearly double in 25 years if no action is taken. Crisis estimates there are 236,000 people sleeping rough or in temporary […]