Rough Sleeping

The Vagrancy Act: What is it and why is it facing calls to be scrapped?
Housing

The Vagrancy Act: What is it and why is it facing calls to be scrapped?

MPs and charities are urging the Government to repeal the almost 200-year-old law. The Big Issue explains how the Vagrancy Act continues to threaten rough sleepers

Volunteer-led homeless outreach team having to expand as crisis worsens
Housing

Volunteer-led homeless outreach team having to expand as crisis worsens

Jorawar Singh Rathour and his family have been providing rough sleepers with Covid health packs, food and other essentials during the pandemic. Now they’re having to scale up due to demand.

London buses transformed into healthcare and support hubs for people sleeping rough
Housing

London buses transformed into healthcare and support hubs for people sleeping rough

London mayor Sadiq Khan launched Driving for Change, which was created by coffee shop social enterprise Change Please to support people experiencing homelessness.

Homelessness charity launches VR game to show kids the reality of life without a home
Housing

Homelessness charity launches VR game to show kids the reality of life without a home

Robert Jenrick says ending rough sleeping ‘isn’t high enough on the government’s agenda’
Housing

Robert Jenrick says ending rough sleeping ‘isn’t high enough on the government’s agenda’

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Explained: The real cost of homelessness
Housing

Explained: The real cost of homelessness

Arsonist jailed for setting fire to sleeping bags of rough sleepers as they slept
News

Arsonist jailed for setting fire to sleeping bags of rough sleepers as they slept

‘Act now or street homelessness will skyrocket’, ministers warned
News

‘Act now or street homelessness will skyrocket’, ministers warned

Fury over video showing rough sleepers sprayed with jet washer in Camden
News

Fury over video showing rough sleepers sprayed with jet washer in Camden

9,000 people could fall into homelessness without national Housing First plan
Housing

9,000 people could fall into homelessness without national Housing First plan

Rough sleepers are still being prosecuted under a law ministers want to scrap
Housing

Rough sleepers are still being prosecuted under a law ministers want to scrap

London rough sleeping figures drop is ‘calm before the storm’
Housing

London rough sleeping figures drop is ‘calm before the storm’

Extra £82m a year needed to end rough sleeping for good
Housing

Extra £82m a year needed to end rough sleeping for good

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‘Good work being undone’: 11,000 people slept rough in London during Covid-19
Housing

‘Good work being undone’: 11,000 people slept rough in London during Covid-19

‘True picture of rough sleeping is needed’ to prevent people living on street
Housing

‘True picture of rough sleeping is needed’ to prevent people living on street

Homeless groups brand Home Office rough sleeping deportation plans ‘inhumane’
Housing

Homeless groups brand Home Office rough sleeping deportation plans ‘inhumane’

Rough sleeping drops in locked-down London but experts warn of long-term rise
Housing

Rough sleeping drops in locked-down London but experts warn of long-term rise

Plans to deport rough sleepers could ‘put lives at risk’
Housing

Plans to deport rough sleepers could ‘put lives at risk’

Vagrancy Act to be scrapped ‘at a pace’, says minister
Housing

Vagrancy Act to be scrapped ‘at a pace’, says minister

Let’s scrap the Vagrancy Act and help rough sleepers, not criminalise them
Opinion

Let’s scrap the Vagrancy Act and help rough sleepers, not criminalise them

Can rough sleeping be ended without ending the hostile environment?
Housing

Can rough sleeping be ended without ending the hostile environment?

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All homeless people can be housed during pandemic, court rules
Housing

All homeless people can be housed during pandemic, court rules

Human rights lawyers warn council to ‘stop harassing’ rough sleepers
Housing

Human rights lawyers warn council to ‘stop harassing’ rough sleepers

Elite swimmer who became homeless given £30,000 by strangers
Housing

Elite swimmer who became homeless given £30,000 by strangers

Robert Jenrick: Vagrancy Act ‘should be repealed’
Housing

Robert Jenrick: Vagrancy Act ‘should be repealed’

2,500 people slept rough in England through the pandemic, figures show
Housing

2,500 people slept rough in England through the pandemic, figures show

Rough sleeping falls 10% in London despite ‘warning signs’ say experts
Housing

Rough sleeping falls 10% in London despite ‘warning signs’ say experts

Scotland passes ‘significant milestone’ of 400 Housing First homes
Housing

Scotland passes ‘significant milestone’ of 400 Housing First homes

Rough sleeping in bins falls but campaigners call for ‘constant vigilance’
Housing

Rough sleeping in bins falls but campaigners call for ‘constant vigilance’

Lockdown: New measures announced to protect rough sleepers and renters
Housing

Lockdown: New measures announced to protect rough sleepers and renters

We don’t have the money to house London’s young homeless, Sadiq Khan warns
Housing

We don’t have the money to house London’s young homeless, Sadiq Khan warns

‘Homelessness is not a crime’: Campaigner halts rough sleeping fines
Housing

‘Homelessness is not a crime’: Campaigner halts rough sleeping fines

Thangam Debbonaire: ‘Street homelessness is a moral failure this Christmas’
Housing

Thangam Debbonaire: ‘Street homelessness is a moral failure this Christmas’