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