Homelessness



England: Council drops threat to fine rough sleepers

Hackney Council has amended an order that threatened rough sleepers with court action and fines of up to £1,000 following a campaign by homelessness groups and local people who said it risked criminalising vulnerable people.

Published 10 June 2015

Report calls for improved links between public health and homelessness prevention

The Scottish Public Health Network has published a report aimed at restoring the Public Health response to homelessness and health in Scotland.

Published 5 June 2015

Council homes set for Moray health centre site

The former health centre in Forres is to be demolished to make way for council housing after Moray Council purchased the site from NHS Grampian.

Published 3 June 2015

Dundee to discuss council housing improvements and Home Owner Support Fund

More than £1.6 million of improvements to council houses across Dundee are set to be discussed by councillors next week.

Published 2 June 2015

Report: The Smith Commission and beyond: the devolution of housing benefit to the Scottish Parliament

Shelter Scotland has published a paper which sets out the principles it believes should underpin further devolution of social security - including housing benefit – to the Scottish Parliament, and what steps the Scottish Government and UK governments should take in relation to the devolution of social security.

Published 2 June 2015

Shelter Scotland’s digital housing and homelessness advice service goes live

People in Scotland facing bad housing and homelessness will now be able to access free, housing, money and debt advice via their computer, tablets and mobile phones – with one-to-one support and signposting provided digitally from housing advisors.

Published 2 June 2015

Glasgow City Council ‘fully acknowledges’ homelessness ‘logjam’

Glasgow City Council has told Scottish Housing News that it “fully acknowledges” people have had to be turned away from its homelessness services as it struggles to deal with a “logjam” in temporary accommodation.

Published 28 May 2015

England: Supreme Court makes landmark ruling on ‘intentional homelessness’

A landmark case at the Supreme Court could change the way English local authorities use the term “intentionally homeless”.

Published 22 May 2015

800 left to sleep rough on Glasgow's streets

Glasgow City Council received almost 5000 applications for homelessness assistance last year.

Published 21 May 2015

Edinburgh youngsters offered lessons in life skills to help reduce homelessness

An innovative pilot scheme has been launched to teach young people in Edinburgh the skills they need to stay off the streets and to find work.

Published 20 May 2015

Cameras fitted to bin lorries to prevent rough sleeper deaths

A waste management company is installing cameras to its vehicles in a bid to reduce the number of homeless people killed after sleeping rough in industrial-sized wheelie bins.

Published 19 May 2015

England: Social landlords welfare expect cuts to trigger new wave of homelessness

Further cuts to welfare funding by the UK government result in a surge in rent arrears, tenant evictions and homelessness, a new report has warned.

Published 19 May 2015

£5.5m homelessness accommodation centre opens in Aberdeen

A new £5.5 million homelessness accommodation centre and support facility has been officially opened in Aberdeen.

Published 18 May 2015

England: Supreme Court judgement to see councils revise homeless provision

The Supreme Court has handed down a judgement that will change the way English local authorities determine who is vulnerable enough for help with their housing.

Published 14 May 2015

Glasgow homelessness workers step up strike action

Homelessness case workers are stepping up their strike with a rally in Glasgow today.

Published 14 May 2015