Archives : Aug-2018

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Tens of thousands of children have spent the summer holidays in temporary accommodation, latest figures show. The Local Government Association (LGA) found that almost 123,000 kids are being housed by councils in hostels and B&Bs while they’re off school – an increase of 75 per cent since 2011. The LGA, which represents 370 councils in […]

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New figures suggest there are almost twice as many “entrenched” rough sleepers in Greater Manchester than the official numbers indicate. Last year’s annual count of rough sleepers across the Greater Manchester conurbation came to 268, up from 189 in 2016, an increase of 42%. The biggest rises were in Bury (up by 233%), Trafford (up […]

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There are almost twice as many “entrenched” rough sleepers in Greater Manchester than an official count suggested, reports this week suggest. Last year’s annual count of rough sleepers came to 278, a 41% increase on 2016. However, more than 500 long-term homeless people have been referred by GPs, charities and council workers to a scheme […]

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Concerns are growing about the government’s new strategy to end rough sleeping in England after it emerged that no new money has been pledged. Of the £100m backing the plan for the next two years, half was already allocated for homelessness and the rest is money “reprioritised” from other programmes, according to James Brokenshire, the […]

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The government will today pledge to tackle the spice epidemic ripping through Manchester’s streets and end rough sleeping by 2027. The Rough Sleeping Strategy, to be announced by Communities Secretary James Brokenshire, will see £100m promised “to help people turn their lives around”. About £30 million will be spent on mental health help and treatment […]

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Rising residential rents coupled with high demand is putting a strain on local government in the fight against homelessness in Greater Manchester – according to the business appointed to provide leaving care services to young adults throughout the region. Rents could rise 15% by 2023 as the supply of new rental properties dries up, according […]

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London Borough Tower Hamlets has launched a new emergency ‘crash pad’ scheme to help prevent teenagers becoming homeless. The service aims to end the need for bed and breakfast and temporary accommodation and organise a ‘safe return home’ where possible, or help youngsters into long-term accommodation. A ‘crash pad’ facility with two bed spaces is […]

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After a competitive tender process, Independent Together has been appointed to provide a range of leaving care services for young adults aged 16 and over throughout the North West. The contract, awarded by Placements North West, will run for an initial three-year period and covers the provision of leaving care services for local authorities throughout […]

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The organisation responsible for providing leaving care services for 16 – 25 years olds throughout Greater Manchester is warning that more teenagers face ending up on the streets after government delays over a benefit shake up. Ministers vowed in March to restore housing benefit for people aged 18 to 21 – reversing a policy they […]