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‘Homelessness does not just happen to vulnerable people’, Notebook

‘Homelessness does not just happen to vulnerable people’

If someone had told me last Christmas that my two-year-old son and I would be a Statutory Homeless and our home would be repossessed by Christmas 2012, I would’ve laughed in total disbelief and wished them a merry Christmas.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 6 December 2012 at 6:00 am

Housing will be the next political battleground for 2015, Notebook

Housing will be the next political battleground for 2015

The imagery and the towns change, but the theme of party conferences is always the same: we are the party looking out for YOU.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Monday, 15 October 2012 at 4:00 am

A short-term Olympic facelift cannot fix long-term human trafficking, Notebook

A short-term Olympic facelift cannot fix long-term human trafficking

The Olympics-motivated cooperation between the Metropolitan and the Romanian police is the most recent attempt to clear London’s streets of groups of beggars at a time when the eyes of the world are on the city.

By | Notebook, Olympics, Opinion | Tuesday, 24 July 2012 at 10:31 am

Occupy’s #m12 march was out of touch and alienating, Notebook

Occupy’s #m12 march was out of touch and alienating

The average person doesn’t want to face a criminal conviction for standing up to their political rights: the Occupy movement needs to re-engage with the 99%.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Monday, 14 May 2012 at 3:12 pm

Should we be giving money to the homeless?, Notebook

Should we be giving money to the homeless?

For millennia people have given to beggars in the street. Money being placed in an outstretched hand is a defining mental image of charity. Yet late last month housing minister Grant Shapps appeared to call for an end to one of civilisation’s oldest traditions.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 11 January 2012 at 5:00 am

Drummond Money-Coutts: Hitting the streets to raise awareness, Notebook

Drummond Money-Coutts: Hitting the streets to raise awareness

Drummond Money-Coutts can usually be found at some of London’s best parties, dazzling and delighting everyone, from The Queen to David Haye, with his mastery of magic. However this month he has traded balls at Boodles for the capital’s streets, spending eight nights sleeping rough for youth homeless charity Centrepoint and performing magic at their shelters across the city.

By | Notebook | Friday, 18 November 2011 at 1:27 pm

British Riots: An Ethiopian Perspective, The Foreign Desk

British Riots: An Ethiopian Perspective

“Why do they fight in London?” a homeless man in Addis Ababa asked me this morning, after he realised I was both British and had limited understanding of the local currency’s value. His Manchester United T-shirt, trousers with chimney-sweep ends and obviously second or third hand coat clung to his body in the rain. And [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 12 August 2011 at 6:05 pm

The housing safety net is being dismantled at the time it’s going to be needed most, Eagle Eye

The housing safety net is being dismantled at the time it’s going to be needed most

There’s no doubt that these are some of the toughest economic times we’ve faced for decades. While figures out this week showed a slight fall in repossessions, a record number of people called Shelter’s homeowner helpline last month. Unemployment is increasing, inflation rising and an inevitable rise in interest rates lies ahead. As our housing advisers see every day, just one little thing like a drop in income or bout of illness can be all that’s needed to push people into a spiral of debt and arrears that can end in the loss of their home.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 14 February 2011 at 10:27 am

Must Watch (and listen): A voice for radio, Notebook

Must Watch (and listen): A voice for radio

Its been around for a couple of days but this YouTube clip already has more than 2.7 million views. Once Ted Williams starts talking you’ll see why. There are already numerous campaigns to help get Ted off the streets and find him an outlet for his unique talent, with some suggesting CNN have already offered [...]

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 5 January 2011 at 11:26 am

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