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How people in housing need feel about the way they are described by UK poverty charities

Charities and policy makers currently use a range of terms to describe the people they work with, campaign on behalf of or target for support. These include ‘vulnerable people’, ‘struggling families’, ‘people with complex needs’, ‘people in poverty’, ‘the most deprived’, and the ‘just about managing’. While these terms may encompass or generate an understanding of who these groups are speaking about to a wider

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The Youth Homeless Parliament Report 2018

The Youth Homeless Parliament was established in May 2013 to enable young homeless people to have a voice and to share their experiences with politicians in Westminster. The work was funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) following a successful initial event involving the St Basils National Youth Reference Group and Ministers in 2012. The Youth Homeless Parliament, which is coordinated by

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Centrepoint: Barriers to local authorities delivering their housing duties to young people

About Centrepoint Centrepoint is the leading national charity working with homeless young people aged 16 to 25. We are a charity and registered social housing provider, providing accommodation and support to help young people get their lives back on track. Centrepoint provides direct support to over 1000 young people a night across London and the North of England, and works to influence government policy to

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Figures show early impact of benefit cuts for 18-21 year olds

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have released ad hoc statistics on the number of 18 to 21 year olds who have been awarded and refused support for housing costs on Universal Credit (UC) since the automatic entitlement to housing costs in UC ended on 1 April 2017. Key figures:   96% of 18-21 year olds who applied for support for housing costs were awarded

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Rough Sleeping: latest figures – Autumn 2017

This publication provides information on the single night snapshot of rough sleeping that is taken annually in England using street counts and intelligence driven estimates. The autumn 2017 total number of rough sleepers counted and estimated was 4,751. That was up 617, or 15% from the autumn 2016 total of 4,134. The number of rough sleepers increased by 173, or 18% in London and 444

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English Housing Survey 2016 to 2017: headline report

The English Housing Survey (EHS) is a national survey of people’s housing circumstances and the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England. It was first run in 2008-09. Prior to then, the survey was run as two standalone surveys: the English House Condition Survey and the Survey of English Housing. This report provides the findings from the 2016-17 survey. Analysis of the latest English

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New and improved StreetLink

Five years after its launch, StreetLink’s website streetlink.org.uk and mobile apps have been redeveloped to offer improved features. Street homelessness is on the increase. From 2010 to date, rough sleeping in England has grown by 134%, proving that it is one of the biggest challenges that our society faces. To help tackle the rise in rough sleeping, Homeless Link developed the StreetLink service, in partnership with St

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How to rent: The checklist for renting in England

When you enter an assured shorthold tenancy – the most common type – you are entering into a contractual arrangement. This gives you some important rights but also some responsibilities. This guide will help you to understand what questions to ask, what your rights are, and what responsibilities you have. This will help you create a positive relationship with your landlord, but we also tell

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The Care Leavers Accommodation and Support Framework

Young people leaving care need somewhere safe and suitable to live to help them make a positive transition into adulthood. Good housing underpins success in other areas of life. This framework, developed jointly by Barnardo’s  and St Basils, draws together expertise from local authorities, voluntary sector organisations and young people across England on how to provide appropriate accommodation for care leavers. The framework has been

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St Basils: Youth Justice Accommodation Pathway

The Youth Justice Accommodation Pathway (YJAP) is a practical tool that local authorities, criminal justice agencies and other partners can use to plan accommodation and support services for young people aged 16 – 25 who have been involved with the criminal justice system. It has been developed in collaboration with agencies working with and for young people with an offending history, and is informed by

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