Social exclusion

Charities urge return of homelessness scheme in English lockdown

November 6, 2020

The government must scrap plans to deport foreign rough sleepers and relaunch the “everyone in” strategy to protect thousands of homeless people from the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, charities and the mayor of London have said. As temperatures drop and a new England-wide lockdown threatens to force more people on to the streets […]

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Covid restrictions push more under-25s than ever to sleep rough in London, charities say

October 30, 2020

The number of young people sleeping rough in London has risen to a record high, data shows, as charities say more provision is needed because lockdown restrictions mean those who usually stay off the streets by staying with friends are unable to do so. According to the Combined Homelessness and Information Network (Chain) thenumber of […]

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Poor housing linked to high Covid-19 death rate in London borough

August 17, 2020

Appalling housing conditions and crippling rents in one of the UK’s poorest boroughs helped turn it into a hotspot of Covid-19 deaths, according to a poverty inquiry that examined links between local inequalities and the pandemic. The Brent Poverty Commission, which had been running for two months when Covid-19 struck, said chronic overcrowding and widespread […]

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Hunger, violence, cramped housing: lockdown life for the poorest children

June 21, 2020

“Before Covid, my three children and I had structure. We would wake up in the morning, they would go to school and do their thing, and I would do mine. We had joy,” says Vicky (not her real name), a single parent living in one of the most disadvantaged boroughs in the country, in south […]

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Ambush: Ask My Brother review – fierce dispatch from a hostile state

June 5, 2020

In 2017, Ambush’s cousin Nuno Cardoso died in police custody. With protesters around the world mobilising in solidarity with the US Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd, it’s a striking time for the Camden rapper to release his latest project, Ask My Brother, in which he paints a fierce image of […]

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London faces surge in rough sleepers as coronavirus funding runs out in June

May 26, 2020

The mayor of London has warned that funding for the coronavirus emergency programme to house all rough sleepers in hotels will run out in mid-June, and without new government money there could be a surge in homeless people returning to the streets. About 1,400 of the capital’s homeless people are currently staying in hotels at […]

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