Homelessness specialist

Senior reporter, Inside Housing

Sophie Barnes

Senior reporter

E-mail: sophie.barnes@insidehousing.co.uk

Phone: 020 7772 8436

Fax: 020 7772 8591

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Homelessness bill is ground-breaking, but risks being undermined by cuts

24/02/2017 | By Lord Best

The Homelessness Reduction Bill comes before the House of Lords today. Lord Richard Best says this presents an opportunity to air some wider concerns.

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Shelter appoints new chief executive

21/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Shelter has appointed Polly Neate, the current chief executive of domestic violence charity Women’s Aid, as its new chief executive.


Homelessness funding vacuum


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

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Prevention duties defended despite Welsh rough sleeping rise

13/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

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.


Scottish Government to reduce time children spend in temporary housing

09/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Children and pregnant women will spend no longer than one week in bed and breakfast (B&B) accommodation, the Scottish Government has pledged.

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Children spending too long in temporary accommodation, says Shelter Scotland

06/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

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.

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Homelessness bill to receive Lords backing despite cost concerns

01/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Labour peers will back the Homelessness Reduction Bill when it reaches the House of Lords, but will call for additional funding for councils.

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Homeless for 13 years: Grant's story Video

01/02/2017 | By Danielle Aumord

The homelessness debate can often be caught up in facts and figures. As the Homelessness Reduction Bill makes its way through parliament, Danielle Aumord talks to one man about life in the system


Government announces increase in homelessness bill funding

30/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has announced it will increase funding for the Homelessness Reduction Bill by £13m.

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Celebration and realism as homelessness bill nears final stages

30/01/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

Jules Birch blogs on the prospects for the Homelessness Reduction Bill as MPs give it a third reading

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Homelessness Reduction Bill passes final stage in the Commons

27/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Homelessness Reduction Bill has passed its final stage in the Commons and will now head to the House of Lords.

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Filming homelessness

25/01/2017 | By Michael Chandler

Thinking of entering our Reel Homes competition? Film director Michael Chandler provides tips on how to capture experience of homelessness on screen

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Rough sleeping soars by 16% in a year

25/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The number of people sleeping rough on the streets has soared by 16% over the past year, the latest government figures reveal.

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Councils could provide homelessness prevention support beyond 56 days

20/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils could be required to work with households to prevent them becoming homeless beyond the 56-day time period set out in the Homelessness Reduction Bill, under an amendment planned by the government.

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Government expects 30% fall in homelessness acceptances

18/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government expects the new duties in the Homelessness Reduction Bill to lead to a 30% decrease in homelessness acceptances by its third year, a document seen by Inside Housing has revealed.

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Tributes following death of homelessness activist

18/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Jimmy Carlson, an activist who was awarded an OBE for his services to combatting homelessness, has died aged 69.

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Live streaming of Cathy play tonight

18/01/2017 | By Carl Brown

An interactive live performance of a play inspired by Cathy Come Home will be streamed live tonight, with readers able to change the plot acted out on stage.

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Cautious welcome for £48m homelessness funding

17/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has announced £48m will be given to councils for the extra duties they will face from the Homelessness Reduction Bill.

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Rise in children in temporary accommodation in Scotland

17/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The number of children in temporary accommodation in Scotland has soared by 17% in a year, the latest government statistics reveal.

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Wheatley to help veterans with bankers' fines

16/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

The largest housing association in Scotland has received almost half a million pounds raised in fines from bankers to help house homeless veterans.

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Wales gets £7.8m to prevent homelessness

11/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The Welsh Government has announced £7.8m for its Homelessness Prevention Programme for 2017/18.


Scottish Government announces £1.65m funding for housing support

09/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has announced the recipients of £1.65m of funding for homeless services and housing providers working with vulnerable people.


My first year with Crisis at Christmas

05/01/2017 | By Lucy Brown

Inside Housing sub-editor Lucy Brown shares her thoughts on her first year as a volunteer with Crisis at Christmas

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The mystery of the missing data Video

04/01/2017 | By Patricia Arthurs

There are puzzling inconsistencies in the way English councils record cases of homelessness prevention and homelessness relief. Patricia Arthurs investigates

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Homelessness on film Video

03/01/2017 | By Kate Youde

From I, Daniel Blake to A Street Cat Named Bob, films about housing and homelessness are entering the mainstream. But have they made a difference to people working on the frontline? Kate Youde finds out


Counting the cost

22/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Homelessness prevention duties are closer than ever to making it onto the statute books. Sophie Barnes asks what this might mean for English councils

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Government announces £50m homelessness fund recipients

21/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has revealed which councils will receive part of its £50m fund to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping.


New homelessness duties could cost London councils millions

21/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

New duties introduced through proposed homelessness laws will cost town halls millions, councils in London have calculated.


£50m for London's homeless

20/12/2016 | By Caroline Thorpe

London mayor Sadiq Khan has earmarked £50m to provide move-on accommodation for homeless people and to support women rough sleepers.

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Out of the classroom Video

20/12/2016 | By Joe Dart

Fifty years after Cathy Come Home, Joe Dart finds out what the next generation of housing professionals are being taught about homelessness

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Uniting the sector


A new campaign called A Home for Cathy aims to bring the wider property sector together to try to end homelessness. Michael Newey explains more 

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Households in temporary accommodation at eight-year high

15/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The number of households in temporary accommodation is at an eight-year high, and has soared by more than 50% since 2010, according to the latest government figures.


Wake-up call

15/12/2016 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

Westminster has woken up to the homelessness crisis but pressure on the rest of the housing system means it continues to get worse, says Jules Birch

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The spirit of Cathy


We must summon the spirit of Cathy Come Home to solve poverty once and for all, argues Julia Unwin

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Labour pledges housing association deal to end rough sleeping

14/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Labour Party has pledged to end rough sleeping through a voluntary deal with housing associations to reserve 4,000 properties for street-homeless people.

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Increase in 'hostile measures' to stop rough sleeping, Crisis finds

12/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Six in ten rough sleepers in England and Wales have seen an increase in “hostile measures” to stop them sleeping in public areas over the past year, research by homelessness charity Crisis has revealed.


Government will intervene if councils fail on homelessness prevention

12/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government will intervene with councils which are not meeting their homelessness prevention duties if a new law is passed, the minister responsible for homelessness has revealed.

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London Assembly calls on Sadiq to act on homelessness

07/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

The London Assembly has called on the capital’s mayor Sadiq Khan to act against a “perfect storm” of homelessness.


255,000 homeless in England, says Shelter

01/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Some 255,000 people are homeless in England, housing charity Shelter has found.


Peer support

25/11/2016 | By Jack Jeffery

A new project aims to show that early intervention is key to addressing the homelessness crisis, says Jack Jeffery