Legal Advice – Homelessness in Wales

Legal Advice – Homelessness in Wales Change in rules means legal advice is now available in Wales for anyone threatened with homelessness within 56 days.
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Homelessness: BnB hoteliers doing very nicely, thank you

Faced with a £1m-and-rising hotels bill, a London council wants the law changed to reduce its obligations to homeless peopleSomewhere in West London the owners of a hotel are doing very well out of the housing crisis. This unnamed hotel charges the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham £234,000 a year to put up homeless […]
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Why moving ‘sideways’ and keeping options broad can be good for career

Success often means moving upwards, but what if expanding your skills by moving sideways was the real key to career progression?Like many working mothers I followed the ‘Lean In’ debate, although I quickly grew tired of the predictable career/children balance headlines. Given that Sheryl Sandberg has already made three fairly unconventional career moves, I was […]
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A new kind of private members club – tackling homelessness

Soho charity the House of St Barnabas is creating a private members’ club to help homeless people find lasting workThe House of St Barnabas has been a charity in the heart of Soho, London, since 1846 and aims to help those affected by homelessness to find sustained employment.After many years operating as a residential hostel, in 2005 we […]
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Welfare cuts will lead to shortfall in affordable homes

Decrease in government spending set to leave low income families with a stark choice: buy less food or move outAlmost half of English councils would have twice as many claimants than they have properties that are affordable on benefits alone by 2017 because of government welfare cuts – with low-income families faced with choice of […]
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Letters: Housing benefit plans are not new

The chancellor’s proposals to reform housing benefit for the under-25s are not new (Analysis, 9 October). The Thatcher government’s Social Security Acts of 1986 and 1988 were underpinned by the assumption that families should take greater financial responsibility for their young people. This resulted in the ending of income support for 16- and 17-year-olds, except […]
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A crucial first step on the road to ending homelessness in Liverpool

The city’s Cabinet member for housing, Ann O’Byrne, praises No Second Night Out, reported in the Guardian Northerner last week, and sets out the next stepsLast week the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, joined me in signing up to the national campaign to end rough sleeping and made a public pledge that Liverpool city council […]
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Letters: Again the most vulnerable suffer

We should all be ashamed to live in a country that is as rich as this one and yet allows its children to go hungry (Editorial, 6 September). Moreover, poverty has long been recognised as one of the factors that increase those stresses in families that lead to child abuse and neglect. This is not […]
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Law criminalising squatting to be challenged in court by cottage dweller

Irene Gardiner bringing case against Crown Prosecution Service and police over law change that could make her homelessA woman who has lived in an abandoned Welsh hillside cottage for 11 years is to challenge legislation that criminalises squatting.Irene Gardiner, 49, raised her family in the 500-year-old timber and stone house at Newchapel, near Llanidloes, Powys.Backed […]
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