DCLG

Tory minister admits none of £100 million 'boost' for rough sleeping is new money

None of the Tories £100 million ‘boost’ for rough sleeping is new money, Communities Secretary James Brokenshire admitted today.<p>The Tory minister …

UK Politics

Government was warned in 2014 that Grenfell-type cladding was highly dangerous but officials 'did nothing'

The government was warned about the risk of Grenfell-style cladding in 2014 but failed act on building experts' dire warnings.<p>Minutes from a July …

Grenfell Tower

Gaza still an issue over MCB Memorial attendance

The Muslim Council of Britain voted to send a junior representative to the Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration this week.<p>After attending for the …

Israel

Number of homeless children trapped in temporary accommodation hits 11-YEAR high

The Tories' shame is laid bare today after the number of homeless children trapped in temporary accommodation hit an 11-year high.<p>Some 123,130 …

Homelessness

Appeal launched to trace family of Seaforth WW1 hero

The Mayor of Sefton is asking for help to trace the family of a Seaforth World War One hero.<p>Arthur Evans received the Victoria Cross after an …

Liverpool

Eric Pickles is new Conservative Friends of Israel chairman

Former Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has been appointed as the new parliamentary chairman of Conservative Friends of Israel.<p>He replaces former …

Middle East

James Brokenshire: key May ally returns to cabinet

James Brokenshire’s return to the cabinet as housing and communities secretary just under four months after he left the government for health reasons fulfils his hope at the time that it was a temporary departure.<p>The long-time ally of Theresa May stepped down as Northern Ireland secretary in …

UK Politics

‘Artlift’ arts-on-referral intervention in UK primary care: updated findings from an ongoing observational study | European Journal of Public Health

Background<p>Arts for health interventions are an accepted option for medical management of mental wellbeing in health care. Updated findings are …

Human Geography

The property 'scam' you NEED to know about if you own a home in Bristol or Bath

Unsuspecting Bristol and Bath homeowners are at risk of falling foul of a property ‘scam’ which could render their property unsellable, a local …

Housing

Theresa May's Cabinet reshuffle in full: Latest moves, sackings and promotions as Prime Minister reveals new top team

Theresa May is reshuffling her Cabinet today, as ministers return from the Christmas break.<p>The move was prompted by the sacking of First Secretary of …

UK Politics

Labour calls on Tories to sack council leader who demanded homeless people be removed for royal wedding

Labour has called for a Conservative council leader to be sacked from the board of the Government’s housing agency over his “entirely inappropriate” …

Housing

More than 11,000 UK homes empty for 10 years

<b>More than 11,000 homes across the UK have been empty for 10 years or more, research by the Liberal Democrats has found.</b><p>The figures, from 276 local councils, show there are more than 216,000 homes across the country which have been empty for six months or more.<p>Lib Dem leader Vince Cable called it a …

Housing

Government moves to reverse controversial ‘staircase tax’

The Government has published draft legislation to reverse the so-called ‘staircase tax’ which charged thousands of businesses occupying more than one …

City Politics

One in five female prisoners are homeless after release, data shows

Labour attacks ‘shocking’ failure of privatised probation companies after proportion doubles in a year<p>One in five female prisoners are released into homelessness after the number doubled over the last year, figures requested by Labour show.<p>Data from the Ministry of Justice show that 227 out of …

Law (UK)

Local government urges households to recycle as much as possible over Christmas

Households across the country are being encouraged to recycle as much as possible over the Christmas season.It's estimated that the UK recycled a …

Christmas

Rogue landlords targeted by government

<b>Rogue landlords are the target of new measures being considered by both the government and Labour.</b><p>The government says landlords in England who want to rent a property to five or more people, from at least two different families, should be licensed.<p>Under the plan, the maximum number of people who …

Housing

How Will This Government Housing Announcement Affect You?

• Grazia<br>• Life<br>• Real Life<p>by Vicky Spratt | 22 12 2017<p>New build leasehold properties are to be banned but, once again, our politicians are barely scratching …

Housing

Homelessness is now a ‘national crisis’ with an ‘abject failure’ at the highest levels

Homelessness in England is a ‘national crisis’ and the Government’s approach to tackling the problem has been an ‘abject failure’, according to a …

Homelessness

After UK's Grenfell Tower fire deaths review calls for ‘culture change’

LONDON (Reuters) - An interim review into UK building regulations commissioned after the Grenfell Tower social housing block fire in London which killed 71 people in June, has called for a “culture change” in respect to fire safety.<p>Flames and smoke billow as firefighters deal with a serious fire in …

UK News

More than 5,000 homeless children and pregnant women are in temporary accommodation

More than 5,000 West Midlands children and expectant mothers are forced to live in temporary accommodation because they are homeless.<p>The shocking …

Homelessness

Number of homeless households has risen, official figures show

Local authorities accepted 15,290 households as homeless from July to September, up 6% on previous quarter<p>The number of households accepted as statutorily homeless and those living in temporary accommodation in England has increased, government figures show.<p>Local authorities accepted 15,290 …

Housing

Jeremy Corbyn Slams Theresa May Over 'National Disgrace' Of Homelessness

Rates have risen every year since 2010.<p>Jeremy Corbyn has slammed the government over its record on homelessness and rough sleeping.<p>The Labour leader …

Great Britain

Number of people considered homeless jumps by 6%

The number of households accepted as statutorily homeless and those living in temporary accommodation in England has increased, Government figures …

Homelessness

Birmingham's Homeless Trying To Survive In -13C And Several Inches Of Snow

'There's living and there's existing.'<p>Monday night was the coldest night of the year, with temperatures plummeting to -13C in the West Midlands. …

Homelessness

Forty percent of homes sold under Right to Buy now in the hands of private landlords, new analysis reveals

Tens of thousands of council homes sold under the Right to Buy scheme, designed to help low-income families get on the housing ladder, are now being …

Housing

Over 120,000 children will wake up homeless this Christmas - the most it has ever been in ten years

This Christmas Day 128,000 children will wake up homeless in Britain, a charity has warned.<p>At least 140 families lose their home every day and the …

UK Politics

'Every refuge will close': what funding changes could mean for women

Freya fled her partner after being raped and beaten; without eventually finding a refuge place, she might have had to go back to him<p>Freya fled her abusive partner in the middle of the night, clutching her children and little else, travelling hundreds of miles to escape the rape, violence and …

Sociology

How true local democracy could avoid future Grenfells | Letters

Councils would be more accountable to residents if they weren’t one-party states<p>In her account of the tragedy at Grenfell Tower (“The sadness doesn’t stop”, The New Review), Emma Dent Coad rightly states that two fundamental changes are needed. First, that homes need to be treated as places to live …

Brexit

Support grows in Westminster for new law to protect music venues

Culture secretary Karen Bradley has hinted the Government is actively considering enshrining the "agent of change" principle in law to protect music …

Music (UK)

The Queen wed 70 years ago... but she has 20 more to go to break a record

Also in Barometer: Britain’s last building boom; do lower tax rates bring in more tax?<p>Enduring love<p>The Queen and Prince Philip celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.<br>They are not the first public figures to reach this milestone — former US president George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara did so …

Prince Philip