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Investment announced by the Government to end homelessness will help, according to council leaders, but cuts in resources are making it more challenging.
People living in supported housing are being discouraged from finding work because of fears they will not be able to afford their rent, report reveals.
The number of homeless children has increased by 59% in the last five years, meaning 131,000 will be without a permanent home this Christmas, Shelter has warned.
Oxford City Council has pledged to provide all rough sleepers with beds for the whole of the winter from next year.
Numbers of homeless people have reached record levels because of the worsening housing crisis, according to campaigners.
Councils will need an extra £10m to help young people facing homelessness under their new duties, research has revealed today.
More than half of district councils have seen an increase in the number of people asking for help since the introduction of new homelessness legislation.
Council budgets will be cut by a third next year, causing 'dramatic' reductions in services, local government leaders have warned.
Labour would double council tax on second homes to help families living in temporary accommodation, shadow housing secretary John Healey is expected to announce later today.
The housing benefit freeze has put private renting out of reach for most low-income tenants and risks forcing people from their homes, a housing standards group has warned.