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Cellular division in Poole

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Lewisham Homeless Demonstration


Pic: Christopher Ubsdell. Lewisham Council housing estate.

By Christopher Ubsdell and William Chick.

Lewisham Homeless Peoples Union is holding a demonstration outside the Town Hall to call on the Council to do more about the borough’s housing shortage. They also want more action to tackle increasing homelessness.

LHPU are calling on Lewisham Council to provide a homeless shelter over Christmas, to get people off the streets during the coldest period of the year. The protest is to take place on Thursday, 4 December.

Jamie of LHPU who is organising the protest said: “We want the Council to house or at least shelter people that are sleeping outside over Christmas. Lewisham Housing Action Group have offered to get a place up and running but the Council have to provide a space.

“A polish gentlemen that I met at a stall said he got turned away from the 999 club in Deptford recently because he had used it last year, so he wasn’t allowed to use it this year.” Continue reading

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Hackney Homeless Film Festival

Film still from Mongrel Country

Film still from Mongrel Country

Homeless charity SHP are launching a film festival, to celebrate and premier a short film, Mongrel Country.The film tackles immigration in London with sensitivity and humour, written and produced by Rik Warren and SHP Single Homeless Project.

There also will be two other short films and live music.

The festival will take place on Thursday 20 November 2014 at 19.00 – 23:00 at Core Arts, 109 Homerton High Street, London E9 6DL.

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Chile wins Homeless World Cup

The 12th Homeless World Cup ended with Chile emerging victorious over Bosnia and Herzegovina, 5-2. The final took place on October 27th in Santiago and came at the end of 350 matches involving 54 teams. The Chilean women’s team beat Mexico 4-3 in their final on October 26th. The Homeless World Cup was established in 2003 and uses football to bring attention to homelessness in a global context.


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Landlords to check tenant immigration status from December

Government plans to force landlords to check the immigration status of tenants have been criticised by homeless charity Crisis over concerns it could prevent the vulnerably housed from finding a home.

A pilot scheme, due to start in the West Midlands from December 1, will require landlords to check renters’ documents to prove their immigration status as part of the new Immigration Act. Continue reading

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Government supports bill making it harder to evict tenants

Pic credit, Frances Deacon: Gabriel Le, The support people receive should depend on their situation

Pic credit, Frances Deacon: Gabriel Le, the support people receive should depend on their situation

By Adrian Whyatt

The Government has announced it will support Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather’s bill to restrict revenge evictions against tenants who complain about poor conditions.

The Tenancy Reform bill is likely to ban landlords from evicting their tenants by serving a no-fault ‘Section 21’ notice. Under these notices landlords can give tenants 2 months notice to leave without needing to give any reason. The Bill is likely to ban landlords from doing this within 6 months of a local authority improvement or hazard awareness notice. It is also likely to prevent landlords from evicting tenants in response to a legitimate, written complaint about the condition of the property which the local authority considers legitimate. Continue reading

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Unity Trust Bank’s 30th birthday good for business

Ethical business bank Unity Trust Bank has today released a report on its 30th birthday revealing that it has more than doubled its lending to social economy organisations.

Last year saw Unity invest in projects as diverse as financing in existing and new care homes and purchasing a hostel for the homeless.

One customer to benefit is Sandwell Community Caring Trust (SCCT), which was provided with a £3.5million loan alongside a £375,000 investment from Big Issue Invest.

The money will be used to buy a 62-bed specialist dementia care home in West Bromwich.

For more info visit http://www.unity.co.uk

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Housing charity wins night shelter award

Homeless support service Housing Justice has been awarded £92,400 by the Homeless Transition Fund to improve night-shelter services.

Volunteers will be trained and gain better skills to help their clients move onto suitable housing.

Volunteers across England and Wales will be trained to a Housing Justice Quality Mark (HJQM) standard to ensure consistency cross their services.

Alison Gelder, Chief Executive of Housing Services, said: “I am thrilled that we have been awarded this grant.  It will enable us to help church and community night shelters take their services to a new level.”

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