Westminster Council has launched an urgent investigation after a letter was sent to households in temporary accommodation telling them their possessions could be destroyed if they did not pay a weekly storage charge.
The Homelessness Reduction Bill has now become law, placing a new duty on councils to intervene at an earlier stage to prevent homelessness.
Major political parties have backed Inside Housing’s election campaign call to commit to eradicating rough sleeping by the end of the next parliament.
It is time our political leaders commit to stamping out rough sleeping for good, says Emma Maier
As politicans hit the campaign trail, we illustrate a number of graphs showing why political parties should support our Cathy at 50 campaign to tackle rough sleeping and homelessness.
Former civil service chief and crossbench peer Lord Bob Kerslake has called on the government to look again at welfare changes in light of increasing homelessness and the rising cost of support.
A new research project backed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) will assess how councils and housing associations can work together to tackle homelessness.
The Chartered Institute of Housing is launching a new research project looking at the relationship between councils and associations. Faye Greaves explains more
Labour and Conservative ministers clashed over ending rough sleeping in parliament today as the election campaigns swung into action.
There has been a 24% increase in evictions from social housing in Scotland over the past two years, a new report by Shelter Scotland has revealed.
Thirteen Group is aiming to help prevent homelessness on behalf of five councils across the North East. The group’s director Chris Smith explains more
The next government could turn the tide on rising homelessness and end rough sleeping, says Matt Downie
The cut to housing benefit for young people will have its largest impact in deprived areas of the North of England, Inside Housing research shows.
Where the axe will fall Video
Pete Apps and Sophie Barnes assess the potential impact of the forthcoming cut to housing benefit for young people
The North East’s largest housing association has launched a homelessness prevention service for five councils in the Tees Valley, backed by £710,000 of government funding.
In his first IH50 piece, Clark Bailie of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive says it takes more than one organisation to deal with homelessness
Former auditor general Robert Black is the new honorary vice-president of Shelter Scotland following his work on a commission for the charity. He writes about what’s needed to tackle the housing crisis
The Welsh Government is considering moving towards a Housing First homelessness policy, the minister with responsibility for housing has announced.
Specialist housing for prostituted women is in high demand, but it is under threat from funding cuts. Danielle Aumord finds out whether these crucial services can be kept afloat
Around 1,000 young people will be affected by the cut to housing benefit for under-21s this year, rising to 11,000 by 2020/21.
Guidance for the under-21 benefit cut has been published, with the policy set to come into effect from tomorrow.
Councils have welcomed the government’s move to make households that are made homeless exempt from Universal Credit following reports rent arrears bills have started to rack up.
The Homelessness Reduction Bill has passed its final stage in the House of Lords as the latest government figures reveal the number of households in temporary accommodation has soared by 10% since last year.
Housing homeless people before they receive treatment could end rough sleeping, but the policy must not disrupt existing allocations, says Matt Downie
Channel 4’s flagship documentary this week showed the real impact on the government’s benefit cap, even if the case studies could have been better, says David Pipe
Britain has fallen further than any other European country in a new league table for homelessness and housing, says Jules Birch
Sajid Javid has committed to ending rough sleeping and revealed the government is backing a major new feasibility study into using Housing First, in a win for Inside Housing’s Cathy at 50 campaign.
The government has announced that £402m of funding over the next two years will be targeted at the councils with the greatest homelessness demand.
The government will consider a radical scheme to place rough sleepers with mental health and substance abuse problems in permanent housing before they begin receiving treatment.
Councils are spending £2m a day on temporary accommodation because of a shortage of housing, analysis by the Local Government Association (LGA) has revealed.
Removing housing benefit from young people could see 9,000 left unable to access accommodation and placed at risk of homelessness, a charity has estimated.
London homelessness prevention charities Thames Reach and Vital Regeneration have agreed a merger set to take effect on 1 March.
Peers have backed the Homelessness Reduction Bill but used the debate last Friday to set out concerns over the effect of wider government policy on housing.
Oxford City Council is planning to guarantee the rent of people at risk of becoming homeless, as it prepares for the introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Bill.
The Homelessness Reduction Bill comes before the House of Lords today. Lord Richard Best says this presents an opportunity to air some wider concerns.
Shelter has appointed Polly Neate, the current chief executive of domestic violence charity Women’s Aid, as its new chief executive.
Despite offering support to the Homelessness Reduction Bill in the Lords, Labour does not share the optimistic view that committed funding will be sufficient, says Andy Slaughter
New homelessness prevention duties in Wales have been defended amid a sharp rise in rough sleeping, with the sector suggesting the policy has simply resulted in more accurate statistics.
Children and pregnant women will spend no longer than one week in bed and breakfast (B&B) accommodation, the Scottish Government has pledged.
Families with children in Scotland are spending too long in temporary accommodation, risking their health and well-being, a report from Shelter Scotland has concluded.