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Ukrainian homelessness likely to rise

22/02/2024

The risk of homelessness among Ukrainians in the UK is likely to increase as arrangements with sponsors end or break down, MPs have warned.

EXCLUSIVE: Councils offered second chance to claim housing cash

22/02/2024

Civil servants have issued a last-minute invitation for councils to claim cash from a fund that has suffered from poor take up by local authorities.

Council chiefs call for review of Ukrainian refugee scheme

19/02/2024

Council leaders have called for an urgent review of funding for Ukrainian refugees as 9,000 have reported as homeless and more need longer-term support.

New legal bid as long-term asylum site plans confirmed

02/02/2024

West Lindsey DC has launched a fresh legal challenge after the Home Office confirmed its intention to use RAF Scampton to house asylum seekers.

Rough sleeping in London reaches record high

01/02/2024

More people were sleeping rough in the capital at the end of 2023 than at any period in the past decade.

More than 1,000 child refugees placed in adult accommodation

23/01/2024

Child refugees arriving in the UK alone are exposed to harm and abuse in adult accommodation because of the Home Office’s flawed age assessment system, according to a new report.

Barge death concerns

18/12/2023

Concerns over conditions inside some asylum accommodation intensified last week, after the death of an asylum seeker onboard the Bibby Stockholm barge.

Boroughs have ‘nothing to offer’ as refugee homelessness rises

07/12/2023

New research has found that an increasing number of refugees are rough sleeping in London after leaving Home Office accommodation.

Thousands of refugees face homelessness at Christmas, LGA warns

29/11/2023

The Government’s push to clear the asylum backlog is putting ‘tens of thousands’ of refugees at risk of homelessness over Christmas, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Less than 100 homes for refugees are occupied

24/11/2023

Fewer than 100 homes acquired using a fund to support English councils obtain housing for those fleeing conflicts have been occupied, latest figures reveal.

DLUHC defends homelessness monitoring

23/11/2023

Mandarins have denied they do not have a clear picture of homelessness levels among Ukrainian refugees.

LGA: involve councils in asylum hotel decisions

25/10/2023

Councils want an active role in decisions about ending hotel use for asylum seekers, local government bosses have said.

Charities call for family reunion scheme for Palestinians

23/10/2023

Charities have called for an emergency family reunion scheme for Palestinians modelled on the approach introduced after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Council bosses raise concerns over refugee cap

23/10/2023

The Local Government Association (LGA) has raised concerns about plans to introduce a national cap on refugees that is informed by consultation with local authorities.

NAO calls for Homes for Ukraine clarity

17/10/2023

Ministers must prioritise ‘important decisions’ over Homes for Ukraine – including continued funding for councils, spending watchdogs have urged.

Further stop notice at RAF Scampton

25/09/2023

West Lindsey District Council has again told the Home Office to cease work at RAF Scampton.

Pressure mounts on councils amid refugee homelessness warning

06/09/2023

Refugees are being told to move out of asylum support housing at short notice, adding to pressure faced by council homelessness services, 140 groups warn.

Kent ‘once again’ cannot meet UAS children duties

29/08/2023

‘Ever-escalating’ arrivals of asylum seekers and a ‘wholly inadequate’ National Transfer Scheme (NTS) have left Kent unable to meet its statutory duties in caring for children, the county council has warned.

Approach to accommodating Afghan families ‘unacceptable’

15/08/2023

The approach to finding accommodation for Afghan families has been ‘unacceptable’ and represents a failure to ‘live up to Britain's values’, says think tank.

Glasgow refuses permission for asylum barge

08/08/2023

The leader of Glasgow City Council has told the Government that the local authority would not give its consent to dock a barge for asylum seekers in the city.

LGA: Councils already seeing homeless Afghan families

07/08/2023

Councils are already seeing Afghan families presenting as homeless due to the Government’s policy of moving them out of hotels, local authority leaders say.

Firefighters warn Braverman over asylum barge safety

03/08/2023

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has written to Suella Braverman about fire safety concerns in accommodation for asylum seekers, including the Bibby Stockholm.

Boston council set to approve housing scheme for Afghan refugees

02/08/2023

Boston Borough Council is looking to provide four homes for Afghan refugees as part of a £1m project.

Councillors told to refuse university’s ‘contentious’ asylum housing plans

01/08/2023

Officers at High Peak BC have recommended that councillors refuse the University of Derby’s plans to house asylum seekers in vacant student accommodation.

‘Systematic’ housing of child refugees in hotels unlawful

27/07/2023

Kent County Council has acted unlawfully by failing to accommodate and look after all unaccompanied children seeking asylum, the High Court has ruled.

Councils told to 'step up' on refugee housing

19/07/2023

The Government has told councils to ‘step up’ efforts to provide permanent homes for Afghan refugees, having served legal notices to quit to those in hotels.

Kent launches legal action over asylum-seeking children

06/07/2023

Kent has issued a claim for judicial review against the home secretary, asking her to direct other councils to receive 'fair share’ of refugee children.

Afghan families face homelessness as councils at ‘crisis point’

04/07/2023

Afghan families are at risk of becoming homeless due to the acute housing shortage, council chiefs warn at the start of the LGA's annual conference.

Westminster Council seeks to become a Council of Sanctuary for refugees

28/06/2023

Westminster Council will vote today on whether it will set out to become a Council of Sanctuary, a designation awarded to institutions that welcome refugees.

Planning inspector green lights Stafford asylum centre

26/06/2023

A Government planning inspector has overruled the local planning authority and given the go-ahead for an asylum seekers centre in Stafford.

Council loses asylum appeal

26/06/2023

Braintree DC has lost its appeal against Government plans to house asylum seekers on a former airfield.

Manchester leaders call for urgent action on asylum seeker hotels

22/06/2023

Manchester leaders call for urgent action on asylum seeker hotels

£150m Ukrainian refugee housing fund announced

12/06/2023

Local authorities are now able to access £150m of funding in order to help Ukrainian families into their own homes, the Government has announced.

Plan to house asylum seekers on ship scrapped

12/06/2023

The latest plan for a cruise ship to house asylum seekers has been scrapped after it was turned down by the port operator.

Council chiefs call for ‘urgent solutions’ to refugee homelessness

09/06/2023

Local authority leaders have called for ‘urgent solutions’ to the issue of refugees being forced to present as homeless.

Aslyum barges plan branded ‘cruel and unworkable’

08/06/2023

A council leader has attacked plans to house asylum seekers on barges in ports.

Housing experts voice ‘concern’ over HMO licensing changes

25/05/2023

Housing and refugee rights experts have voiced ‘extreme concern’ over plans to remove licensing requirements for HMOs used as asylum accommodation.

Braintree DC plans to appeal court’s airfield decision

12/05/2023

Braintree District Council is to continue with legal action to try and stop an airfield being used to house hundreds of asylum seekers.

Welsh village opposes plans to house refugees in hotel

09/05/2023

Villagers in Wales have vowed to fight plans for 400 asylum seekers to be lodged in a former hotel.

Council has ‘unanswered questions’ about refugee barge

04/05/2023

Dorset Council and police have criticised the Home Office for not answering key questions about plans to house asylum seekers on a barge in Portland Port.

Council staff respond to Sudan evacuation

02/05/2023

Councils have been urged to ‘apply maximum flexibility’ when UK nationals returning from Sudan present as homeless.

Hundreds of refugees wrongly classified as adults, FoI reveals

25/04/2023

Hundreds of young refugees are being wrongly classified as adults by the Home Office, according to new research based on information provided by councils.

Refugees housed in hotels face ‘atmosphere of cruelty’, report says

24/04/2023

Campaigners have called on the Government to allocate councils with more funds to help them provide better services to asylum seekers housed in London hotels.

Councils concerned over Afghan removal plan

12/04/2023

Councils have expressed deep concerns about Government plans to remove Afghan refugees from hotel accommodation amid ‘chronic’ shortage of affordable housing.

Plan to house refugees on former RAF base on hold

11/04/2023

The Government’s plan to house asylum seekers on a former RAF airbase has been put on hold after Braintree council sought an injunction to stop the move.

Portland mayor criticises refugee barge plan

06/04/2023

Portland mayor Pete Roper has criticised the Government’s plan to house refugees on a barge off the Dorset coast because of the pressure on local services.

Councils offered £3,500 to house refugees on barges

05/04/2023

Councils are to be offered £3,500 per migrant for housing them on barges, according to reports.

Plan to house refugees on a barge criticised

04/04/2023

The Government is facing fierce opposition to plans to use a barge off the Dorset coast to house asylum seekers.

Councils criticise plans to house refugees on RAF bases

30/03/2023

Unused military sites will be used to house asylum seekers who enter the UK illegally on small boats despite local opposition, the Government has confirmed.

Councils need ‘resources’ to support Afghan refugees

28/03/2023

Council leaders have called for more resources to help find accommodation for thousands of Afghan refugees who will be moved out of hotels.

Half of Ukrainian refugees face housing barriers

17/03/2023

More than half of Ukrainian refugees have struggled to find somewhere affordable to rent, according to new research.

Council leaders call for review of Homes for Ukraine scheme

14/03/2023

County council leaders are calling on the Government to review funding for the Homes for Ukraine programme.

Change policy on housing asylum seekers in hotels, council chiefs say

13/03/2023

Two-thirds of London’s councils have called on the home secretary to change the Government’s policy on housing asylum seekers in hotels.

Council chiefs call for support to help homeless Ukrainian refugees

24/02/2023

Council chiefs have called for support to help Ukrainian refugees as a new report estimates 4,000 Ukrainian households have been homeless in the last year.

Number of homeless Ukrainian refugees mounts

20/02/2023

Politicians have made a cross-party call to extend support for Ukrainian refugees to prevent them becoming homeless.

Council to buy 50 homes to support refugees

08/02/2023

Birmingham City Council is planning to buy up to 50 homes to provide temporary accommodation for displaced Afghans and Ukrainians.

Ministers pressed over refugee funding cuts

17/01/2023

MPs have questioned the rationale behind Government cuts to funding for refugees.

Councils flooded with ‘bogus’ refugee sponsorship offers

10/01/2023

Local authorities in London are struggling to cope with the amount of bogus Ukraine refugee sponsorship offers they receive, a migrants’ charity has warned.

222 children ‘missing’ from care

24/10/2022

An estimated 222 unaccompanied children are currently missing from the care of the Home Office, new figures have revealed.

Council to pay £1000 to those hosting Ukrainian guests

21/10/2022

Kent CC has announced it is increasing payments to those hosting Ukrainian guests to ensure that they can continue to host with the squeeze on budgets.

Scottish council secures funding to refurbish flats for Ukrainian refugees

07/10/2022

North Ayrshire Council has been awarded nearly £500,000 to refurbish unused properties for people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.

Ukrainian refugees face ‘significant risk’ of homelessness

11/08/2022

There is a risk that many Ukrainian families who have sought refuge in the UK could end up homeless because of a lack of sponsors, council leaders warn.

London councils struggle to house Afghan refugees

09/08/2022

Local authority leaders in London have warned of a ‘severe shortage’ of long-term housing options for refugees from Afghanistan.

Surge in homeless Ukrainian households

19/07/2022

The number of Ukrainian families in need of homelessness support from councils has almost doubled in less than a month.

UK to take in Ukrainian child refugees

21/06/2022

The UK is to take in unaccompanied child refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine with hundreds already on their way to the UK.

Refugees at risk of deportation due to legal aid shorfall

27/05/2022

People seeking asylum are at risk of deportation because of a lack of local legal aid provision in many areas, a new report has revealed.

MPs warn Ukrainian refugees are being forced into B&Bs

24/05/2022

MPs have written to the Government to raise concerns about the Homes for Ukraine scheme in light of reports of Ukrainian refugees being forced into B&Bs.

Refugees who refuse housing offers to become homeless

11/05/2022

Afghan refugees who turn down two offers of accommodation could be referred to councils as homeless.

Councils and schools urged to help Ukrainian refugees integrate

05/05/2022

Local authorities and schools have been urged to help Ukrainian children arriving in the UK as refugees to integrate into their adopted communities.

MPs voice ‘concerns’ over lack of funding for Ukrainian refugees

04/05/2022

MPs have joined council leaders in calling on Government to provide councils with funding to support Ukrainian refugees arriving via the family visa scheme.

Councils need support to protect refugees from exploitation, experts say

29/04/2022

The Government has been urged to take ‘urgent measures’ to support councils in their response to the Ukrainian refugee crisis in order to tackle exploitation.

Sponsors of Ukrainian refugees to get council tax breaks

11/04/2022

Households who become sponsors through the Homes for Ukraine scheme will not lose their council tax discounts, minister for refugees Lord Harrington confirmed.

Councils must find school places for Ukrainian children, Zahawi says

04/04/2022

The education secretary has urged council leaders to work with families arriving from Ukraine to enable the children to attend school as soon as possible.

Councils to fund housing for homeless refugees

01/04/2022

Local authorities will have to pick up the bill for accommodating homeless Ukrainian refugees from their own budgets, a minister has said.

Devon councils launch Ukrainian refugee website

01/04/2022

Local authorities in Devon have launched a new website to help residents who wish to support Ukrainian refugees.

Data issues hampering councils' refugee response

30/03/2022

Councils are struggling to prepare for the arrival of refugees due to a lack of quality data, MPs have been told.

Councils need more guidance on supporting Ukrainian refugees, says MP

23/03/2022

Councils needs more advice and guidance from the Government in order to make the ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme work, the chair of the Levelling-Up Committee has warned.

Charity calls for ‘safeguarding measures’ to protect Ukrainian refugees

16/03/2022

Human trafficking experts have urged the Government to ensure that the Homes for Ukraine scheme includes ‘rigorous safeguarding measures’ to protect refugees.

Councils to receive £10,000 for each Ukrainian refugee welcomed

14/03/2022

Local authorities are set to receive £10,000 for each Ukrainian refugee welcomed into their area, the communities secretary has confirmed.

Home Office directs 29 local authorities to help unaccompanied asylum seeking children

16/02/2022

The Home Office has written to 29 local authorities directing them to help unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

Councils to receive 'generous' funding under Afghan resettlement plan

14/09/2021

Local authorities will receive £20,520 for every person they support under the Afghan resettlement plan, the Government has confirmed.

Kent County Council resumes admittance of lone child migrants

13/09/2021

Kent CC announces that it will resume admitting unaccompanied asylum-seeking children into its reception centres after it stopped earlier in the year.

Government called on to help councils resettle Afghan refugees

08/09/2021

Afghan refugees have been placed in council areas without the local authorities being informed or given the necessary support, a refugee charity has warned.

Liverpool's thriving social ecosystem

06/09/2021

Steve Rotheram outlines how the social trading sector is thriving in Liverpool due to its unique investment and development vehicle.

Government commits £5m to help councils resettle Afghan refugees

01/09/2021

Local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland will receive £5m to help fund the resettlement of refugees who are fleeing the Taliban.

Khan pledges Afghan resettlement help

26/08/2021

The Mayor of London has pledged funding to help councils resettle Afghan refugees.

Torbay council leader apologises for Afghan refugee comments

20/08/2021

The leader of Torbay Council has apologised for suggesting that the council would be unable to take in any Afghan refugees because of the housing crisis.

Council chiefs ‘stand ready’ to support Afghan resettlement scheme

18/08/2021

Local authority leaders have declared their readiness to work with the Government to help design a new scheme for resettling refugees from Afghanistan.

The key role local authorities play in the mental health of young migrants and refugees

07/05/2021

Amy Spiller explains how accessing mental health support through their local authorities can have a transformative effect on young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

Government tells councils to ‘do their bit’ for child asylum seekers

21/08/2020

The Home Office has called on local authorities to do more to support vulnerable children seeking asylum in the UK.

Extending support for refugees could save millions, research finds

18/02/2020

Helping new refugees for longer could help save the public purse millions of pounds every year, new research has revealed today.

Providing sanctuary for refugees

10/12/2019

Neil Merrick finds out what councils across the country are doing to welcome and resettle Syrian refugees.

Helping young migrants settle in the UK

04/11/2019

Amy Spiller explains how young people from migrant backgrounds are inspiring newcomers to the UK.

London boroughs warn refugee scheme ‘is not working’

08/07/2019

The Government scheme for distributing refugee children throughout the country is not working, according to London Councils.

Javid commits to resettling 5,000 refugees next year

18/06/2019

Sajid Javid has announced that the UK will resettle 5,000 more refugees under a new, expanded resettlement scheme that will come into force next year.

Government publishes guide on how to treat refugees

04/06/2019

A framework giving advice on how to treat refugees and migrants has been produced by the Home Office.

Councils ‘lose confidence’ in system for housing asylum seekers

17/12/2018

Inspection of housing for asylum seekers should be carried out by councils rather than civil servants, MPs have recommended.

Government acted ‘unlawfully’ over Dubs Amendment

04/10/2018

The Court of Appeal ruled yesterday that the Government acted ‘unlawfully’ in not giving reasons to children refused entry to Britain under the Dubs Amendment.

Children from Calais refugee camp granted leave to stay in UK

14/09/2018

The Government has announced a new form of leave for children transferred to the UK during the 2016 clearance of the Calais refugee camp.

Asylum seeker evictions will create 'humanitarian crisis’, Scottish politicians warn

31/07/2018

Politicians are urging the home secretary to prevent a 'humanitarian crisis' by halting outsourcing company's plans to evict hundreds of failed asylum seekers.

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