National Homelessness News

February 2022

Quedgeley office block transformed into homes for homeless

A former office block has been transformed into 24 secure flats for former rough sleepers and those at risk of ending up on the streets. The flats in Quedgeley, were opened by independent housing association Gloucester City Homes (GCH).

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February 2022

Number of rough sleepers reaches 8-year low

The annual rough sleeping statistics, published today (24 February 2022), show that rates have fallen for a fourth year in a row with a 9% reduction in rough sleeping compared to last year. Numbers have fallen in every region of England, taking levels to an 8-year low overall.

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February 2022

Ministers ask businesses to play their part in drive to end rough sleeping

At a meeting with top executives today (22 February 2022), ministers called on business and charity leaders to be more generous in offering employment opportunities to former homeless people, challenging the stigma around giving jobs to people who been living on the streets.

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February 2022

Government to repeal law allowing police to arrest rough sleepers

The government has announced it will repeal the Vagrancy Act, which allows police to arrest people for sleeping rough or begging in England and Wales. Currently anyone convicted under the law faces a fine of up to £1,000 and a two-year criminal record.

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February 2022

Homelessness set to soar in England amid cost of living crisis

The number of people homeless in England is predicted to jump by a third by 2024 as councils warn of a “tidal wave” of need caused by benefits freezes, soaring food and energy bills and the end of Covid eviction bans.

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February 2022

Supermarkets wasting 200,000 tonnes of food that could go to needy, say charities

Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of surplus food that could be going to hungry families is going to waste as supermarkets restrict who their suppliers can give it to, according to food distribution charities.

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February 2022

Homelessness set to soar in England amid cost of living crisis

The number of people homeless in England is predicted to jump by a third by 2024 as councils warn of a “tidal wave” of need caused by benefits freezes, soaring food and energy bills and the end of Covid eviction bans.

Read More

February 2022

Government to repeal law allowing police to arrest rough sleepers

The government has announced it will repeal the Vagrancy Act, which allows police to arrest people for sleeping rough or begging in England and Wales. Currently anyone convicted under the law faces a fine of up to £1,000 and a two-year criminal record.

Read More

February 2022

Ministers ask businesses to play their part in drive to end rough sleeping

At a meeting with top executives today (22 February 2022), ministers called on business and charity leaders to be more generous in offering employment opportunities to former homeless people, challenging the stigma around giving jobs to people who been living on the streets.

Read More

February 2022

Supermarkets wasting 200,000 tonnes of food that could go to needy, say charities

Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of surplus food that could be going to hungry families is going to waste as supermarkets restrict who their suppliers can give it to, according to food distribution charities.

Read More

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