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Homeless Levels to Double.

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The camp set up on Ipswich Waterfront by a group of rough sleepers. Pictures taken by Gregg Brown in January 2017.

Rough Sleeper Camp in Ipswich (January 2017). 

Enigma is the latest of our contributors to point out that this is a growing issue.

The Mirror.

Twice as many people are sleeping rough in Tory Britain as we thought, alarming new study reveals

Analysis by Heriot-Watt University found 9,100 people are currently sleeping on the streets across Britain – the previous estimate was 4,100


In January this was published,  Rough sleeping rockets across Suffolk: “It’s a sign that a lot of people are struggling”


Welfare Weekly reports,

The number of people forced into homelessness is expected to more than double to half a million by 2041 unless the government takes immediate action, a homelessness charity has warned.

Analysis by Heriot-Watt University for Crisis has found that the number of homeless people in Britain will reach 575,000, up from 236,000 in 2016. The number of people sleeping rough will more than quadruple from 9,100 in 2016 to 40,100 over the same period, the research found.

The forecast, released to mark the 50th anniversary of Crisis, comes as the number of homeless households has jumped by a third in the past five years. The majority of those affected are “sofa surfers”, with 68,300 people sleeping on other people’s couches.

The biggest rise will be for those placed by a council in unsuitable accommodation, such as bed and breakfasts, with the total expected to rise from 19,300 to 117,500.

Crisis has urged the government to build more affordable housing and launch a concerted effort to tackle rough sleeping.

Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, said: “With the right support at the right time, it doesn’t need to be inevitable … Together we can find the answers and make sure those in power listen to them.”

Jess Phillips, Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, said that homelessness had become the bulk of her workload. “The government needs to wake up … The system is broken. Without more social housing, a flood of good temporary accommodation and investment in homelessness support the problem will get worse.”

This will help increase the numbers of homeless as well:

The Tory government has quietly axed a free benefit claimed by 124,000 people – here’s how it could hit you.   Mirror. 

The government will be transferring existing claimants onto the new loan system from 5 April 2018.

There will be a transition period where some people can continue claiming SMI as a free benefit for a while.

But this is simply to stop people falling through the cracks if there are “delays” to moving them onto the new scheme.

Outsourcing giant Serco is taking responsibility for telling people about the new system in the coming months through letters and a phone call.


A spokesman for welfare rights charity Turn2us added: “Support for Mortgage Interest has been an important source of help for those with a mortgage who have had an income shock.

“It has helped many stay in their homes.

“The increase in the waiting period to 39 weeks has already affected that.

“Now, turning Support for Mortgage Interest from a benefit into a loan adds to the pressure on homeowners who are already struggling.”

Can I take the time to flag up this article by one of the best activists in Britain, 

The first sentence is relevant to the above, “Outsourcing giant Serco”

Outsourcing is killing local democracy in Britain. Here’s how we can stop that

Residents at Grenfell Tower describe how, as the local council outsourced contracts to private companies to work on their estate, essential elements of local democracy became unavailable to them. Their voices weren’t heard, information they requested wasn’t granted, outcomes they were promised did not transpire, complaints they made were not answered. The outcome at Grenfell was unique in its scale but the background is a common enough story. Wherever regeneration of social housing has been outsourced to private developers, responsiveness, transparency, oversight and scrutiny – key elements of healthy democracy – are lessened for those most directly affected.

Outsourcing of public services began in the 1980s, a central feature of the drive to roll back what neoliberalism casts as a bureaucratic, inefficient state. Its proponents claimed the involvement of private providers would increase cost-savings and efficiency, and improve responsiveness to the “consumers” of public services. Thirty years later, the value of these contracts is enormous – more than £120bn worth of government business was awarded to private companies between 2011 and 2016, and their number is increasing rapidly. At least 30% of all public outsourcing contracts are with local authorities.


In Ipswich the Labour Borough Council does not outsource. – sadly this is not the case for many Labour authorities.


Cuts mean it’s hard to deal with problems like homelessness.

But the gang of Tories from the backwoods and chocolate box villages who run Suffolk County Council have hived off everything they possibly can and helped make things that but worse.


Read Pilgrim’s article.


Written by Andrew Coates

August 11, 2017 at 12:21 pm

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  1. Homeless family-of-nine forced to live in five-man tent in back garden after being evicted from their home

    Gareth Agius told how the family are in a desperate situation and feel like they’ve been “forgotten” by the system amid fears he is close to losing his job

    hit “rock bottom” after racking up debt

    Amazon are handing out credit cards to people on benefits they even asked on state benefits. .A card with a £1000 credit limit no other contact/questions asked.Vanquis are also a player.Most peoples contact with these is through Provident a high interest lender then an application arrives from Vanquis with guaranteed exceptence

    Bad credit only lasts six years on file,a peron can have a lifetime of debt at a £1 a month.Its totally irresponsible lending.Home catalogues are another source.We can expect more of this in todays society.Osbourne knew this and called a rainy day.A wreckless society of easy lending which all to often people fall into.


    August 11, 2017 at 1:19 pm

  2. Rising food prices leave more Uckfield families dependent on foodbank

    Rising food prices are leaving more low-income Uckfield families struggling to feed themselves and seeking help from the town’s foodbank.

    Others are hit as their benefits are stopped while the Department of Work and Pensions makes changes to the Universal Credit System.



    August 11, 2017 at 3:38 pm

  3. Christians call surge in homelessness ‘scandalous’

    Rough sleeping across Britain is predicted to jump by three quarters over the next decade, a national charity for homeless people has warned.

    Around 9,100 people were sleeping rough in 2016, with the number forecast to rise to 16,000 in 2026, a new report from Crisis has suggested.



    August 11, 2017 at 3:41 pm

  4. Homelessness set to rise by three-quarters in next decade amid soaring levels of rough sleeping

    Hundreds of thousands of households across Britain experiencing acute forms of homelessness, in what critics have described as a ‘national scandal’



    If the levels of aggressive intimidation to move on locally are widespread there won’t be any rest or place of safety.People can have mental health problems and are also at the high end of vulnerability risks’.Britain in crisis and the Tories are to blame!


    August 11, 2017 at 3:50 pm

  5. Having written and posted this I was walking down Lloyd’s Avenue to Ipswich market and, sadly, met a friend who told me he has had to stay in the Salvation Army Hostel.

    Homelessness can happen to more and more people.

    Andrew Coates

    August 11, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    • And it will do, it can happen to anyone, within a short space of time, it’s also very easy to end up homeless, a simple misjudgement.


      August 11, 2017 at 7:21 pm

  6. It’s bad. I’ve never seen it so bad. Tories don’t give a shit of course.

    People just lying in doorways in the middle of town, sleeping rough. No one does that for kicks.

    Society is collapsing.

    I saw a group of presumably concerned people as i was making my way to catch a bus looking over some guy just lying unconscious in an alley near the bus station today. It looked like they were calling for help. Who knows what the situation was; just another casualty of Tory austerity.

    ghost whistler

    August 11, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    • Quietly!,


      August 11, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      • they will still want there provider contracts signed tho. ill even sign it if they give me half the money if not they wont get any pmsl


        August 11, 2017 at 9:08 pm

  7. My bet would be that rather than increasing benefits to help people now the Conservatives will bang on about the problem being that there are “too few affordable properties” (true) and promise to built “millions of more homes” (promised before by all of the parties, including Labour, but never honoured) to solve it. Ultimately millions of new units of social housing IS the way to address the housing crises but from the Tories this amounts to nothing more than a “jam tomorrow” confidence trick because the new homes under discussion will, most likely, will never really be built. Even if the house building programme materialises – anybody out there who actually believes that the Conservatives will do this? – it will take DECADES before any real impact on rents and a lack of suitable accommodation will take effect; in the meanwhile people with inadequate incomes – from work, benefits or a mixture of the two – will continue to suffer the torments of the damned indefinitely.

    This almost certainly will get even worse when Brexit happens and the UK is alone in the world.

    Working for low wages is NOT the way out of poverty.

    George Osborne sowed the seeds of this catastrophe and now the poor and needy will reap the whirlwind.

    Monty Don

    August 12, 2017 at 8:37 am

  8. Homelessness is ON PURPOSE. We have ‘let too many people in’ ON PURPOSE. And there isn’t enough housing units but we ALREADY KNEW that. And the available housing units are going to the people we have ‘let in’. This is the POLICY of ‘social landlords’. It is done ON PURPOSE. When a social housing unit becomes available it is taken over by someone we ‘let in’ ON PURPOSE. And the new social housing units are being given to the people we ‘let in’ ON PURPOSE. We are reaping what the ‘politically correct’ have sown, those whose scream ‘racist’ and whatnot when anyone mentions these simple facts or notes what we see all around us on a daily basis. Some people aren’t going change their tune until they themselves wake up to find themselves living in a tent – this blog owner (Andrew Coates) included. We all know who bears responsibility.


    August 12, 2017 at 10:08 am

    • What’s it with the ‘Census’ – ostensibly so that Government and local authorities can plan ahead to make sure that there is adequate levels of housing etc. to meet the future needs of the population. Well, the REAL reason is so they can plan ahead to make sure that there is INADEQUATE levels of housing. As you say, Coffee, it is all DELIBERATE POLICY and DONE ON PURPOSE. It is all PLANNED OUT! It is the way the policymakers INTENDED.

      Let the Right Ones In

      August 12, 2017 at 10:18 am

      • “… most pregnancies have been the result of drunken frolics…”

        Shurely shome mishtake?

        I don’t know about the rest of you but normally I’m completely sober when I make the double-backed beast with a lady. I can’t ever remember “doing it” when really sloshed… which would most likely have a significantly negative effect on my ability to “do it” in the first place!

        Knocker Harris

        August 13, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      • It is not “doing it” but pregnancies that is being discussed. Even drunken sperm can be good swimmers 😉

        Demon Seed

        August 13, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    • When you think about it, what Government would be so INCOMPETENT to be INCAPABLE of building a sufficient number of homes to house the population of the country over which which they govern? Is this not what Government is for? And building homes isn’t exactly rocket science. Ergo, the homelessness that we see all around us is by DESIGN not ACCIDENT. It is all part of the ‘agenda’, whatever that is.

      Designed for Life in a Cardboard Box

      August 12, 2017 at 7:58 pm

  9. Andrew Coates

    August 12, 2017 at 10:46 am

  10. Good Afternoon. Walking through Ipswich at about 06:00 today Saturday 12 August . Most shop doorways in the Carr Street-Majors Corner up as far as Westgate Street, in this I also include Butter Market Street had somebody sleeping in it. If there are meant to be empty and unused buildings in the town, why cant the local authority and or the DWP get these opened for the homeless to use. If they did it would give them some sort of address that they could use. This would also take the pressure off the resources centre in Black Horse Lane


    August 12, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    • And if you take a trip along a riverbank you will see tents pitched all over the place. It is like we have become inured to the pain and suffering caused by homelessness; we have become, desensitised, ‘used’ to homelessness. Homelessness is now very much part of the landscape.

      Normal for Norfolk

      August 12, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      • Exactly, as you say we’ve become inured to it.

        Andrew Coates

        August 12, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      • I also remember cardboard city under westway in london. It had its own post code for them and a mail delivery point


        August 13, 2017 at 7:35 am

  11. Laura Pidcock: don’t ruin Christmas – pause the rollout of Universal Credit

    The rollout has been plagued by delays to payments – it should be paused until they are resolved, says the Labour MP.

    Like any northern community which has been hit by the double whammy of long term deindustrialisation and lack of investment, my constituency of North West Durham has its fair share of problems with unemployment, low pay and mental health issues.



    August 12, 2017 at 4:43 pm

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    Andrew Coates

    August 13, 2017 at 11:39 am

  13. Got a DWP text on SUNDAY today 13th/8 reminding me of an appointment at Jobcentre on Tuesday. Yea ok send the text out on MONDAY but Sunday ohh PLEEASE


    August 13, 2017 at 1:31 pm

  14. UK inflation tipped to rise again with wages forecast to stagnate

    With low pay growth, the rising cost of living means real wages are falling, heaping pressure on households. Consumers are using their credit cards to fund spending

    The jobless rate is forecast to have dipped to 4.4% in the three months to June from 4.5%. “At some stage, we expect employment to slow and the jobless rate to nudge up,

    Nudge up they say, it will soar.

    Leading to yet more people who find themselves homeless



    August 13, 2017 at 4:23 pm

  15. Landlords, need I say more.

    Half of landlords in one London borough fail to declare rental income.

    Newham council says HMRC may be losing £200m a year in London alone after finding half its 27,000 landlords failed to register for self-assessment



    August 13, 2017 at 4:29 pm

  16. The Gap between the rich and poor but this time the health Gap.

    It will only get worse,



    August 14, 2017 at 4:11 am

  17. Yet another case of a so called charity.

    Breast cancer helpline founder paid herself £31k

    Since 2012, the charity’s accounts also show that as little as 2.8% of annual donations has been spent on “charitable activities”, such as running the helpline.

    “When most people give over their money they believe the majority of it should go towards the end charitable work.



    August 14, 2017 at 8:42 am

    • Thieving hag! I did time in one of that parasites shithole chaz shops when on cwp, there were about twenty odd workfare slaves in the hovel sorting out bags of knickers that had been worn and shoes that had dried dogshit on the soles, disgusting bastards!


      August 14, 2017 at 7:39 pm

  18. Civil servants pocket bonuses of up to £20,000 and pay rises for creating bungling benefits system hurting thousands

    Many people claiming the new Universal Credit have had no money for up to six weeks because of computer issues and slow helplines in trial areas



    August 14, 2017 at 4:18 pm

  19. Jobcentre staff go on strike in protest at ‘disgraceful’ branch closure in one of the most deprived areas of Sheffield

    Union members say they will continue to fight to save jobcentres that provide a lifeline for unemployed, sick and disabled people



    August 14, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    • “A life line for the unemployed sick and unemployed!” it used to be.


      August 14, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      • And never will be again.


        August 14, 2017 at 4:37 pm

  20. Andrew Coates

    August 14, 2017 at 4:26 pm

  21. Nigel Farage’s Brexit campaign to be transformed into £60m Hollywood TV series

    ‘It naturally descends into farce – but they win against all odds – he is then horrified that the British lunatics are sent to help a US reality TV star fight for the presidency,’ says source



    August 14, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    • Most yanks have no idea who Farage is or could find Great Britain on a map. Any nation that could elect a complete and utter egotistical twat like Donald Trump as leader HAS to be brimming with thickies and anybody wiling to waste £60 million making a fictionalised TV series about Brexit must be first and foremost among them. Presumably, if it gets made, it will be shown on Sky – which is good because I haven’t got it!


      August 15, 2017 at 7:02 am

      • Adam Sandler to play Nigel Farage! Yay!


        August 15, 2017 at 8:00 am

      • Actually most Americans do courtesy of American mainstream media over there constantly hounding of Trump.

        Now putting aside farage and trump, your missing the bigger picture of what occurred as a result of both brexit and American presidency.

        For the first time rather than a clear majority voting one way, we have all witnessed a close divide. This has empowered the losing group to become active and as a consequence gives us all what we are seeing now. Its safe to say had the vast majority swung one, no one would have in the case of Trump winning, gave a fig, there or here. Mugabe is a prime example of this point.

        What your displaying here is a knee jerk reaction because your triggered by the use of one or both names dew to how its been cemented in your head. Its like buying a red ford focus then noticing red focus’s everywhere to the point, you make the assumption, there is more than you originally thought when in truth you hadn’t even thought about how many there was to begin with at any point prior. In short your creating a mental mirage in your mind that feels significant but is really rather irrelevant in the greater scheme of things.

        Its just a tv series or just a movie that will either be good or as often the case these days, pure crap.


        August 15, 2017 at 10:18 am

      • I think doug is right: The age of the idiot is upon us.

        Crux Ansata

        August 15, 2017 at 6:15 pm

  22. Several weeks old but is of interest.

    DWP rejects charity’s Universal Credit pause calls

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has rejected calls from the Citizens Advice charity to pause the rollout of Universal Credit (UC) over concerns about its reliance on GOV.UK Verify, arguing alternatives are in place for those unable to use Whitehall’s identity assurance platform.



    August 14, 2017 at 9:43 pm

  23. Warning over power of attorney risks



    August 15, 2017 at 8:37 am

  24. Millions of rail users in the UK will see a 3.6% increase in regulated rail fares from January 2018.


    August 15, 2017 at 8:40 am

    • Derailed train, another hitting a buffer, smoke in station causing evacuation, train fire last week.

      YES, rail services are well worth giving more money to.

      Public transport in this country is fast becoming a joke and government aren’t making it any better. Its a travesty that these rail companies are holding consumers over a barrel because they need this transport to get to work.

      IT BASICALLY SAYS, IF WE CANT GET PAID, YOU WONT GET PAID and is a covert form of blackmail through monopoly as given a cheaper alternative, all these consumers would be gone like a shot.


      August 15, 2017 at 10:27 am


        Apart from what i have said prior regarding the sentence, lets talk, “QUANTITY OVER QUALITY”.

        As you have all witnessed what is fast becoming an eternity post 2000, our goods and services aren’t what they use to be. Its all more of something rather than the quality and as a consequence we are seeing failure after failure attempted to be explained away by statistically speaking, often with fudged dodgy data to begin with.

        The UK even when the business is foreign owned or invested in, now produces crap products and services the likes China knocked out. The likes of gaia and those of us that only caught on later have warned enough times how micromanagement for profit, primarily driven by capitalistic theorem will inevitably drive down the quality of things and low and behold, here you have it.

        Take welfare reform. All this government has done again and again has echo the mantra QUANTITY, yet where question mark is the QUALITY, how many of those they got into work are not only not state reliant anymore but also enjoy living reasonably well, buying a house, a car, saving and putting down for a private pension and healthcare scheme ?

        Look at healthcare,education,policing, prisons, care, housing, work, etc. There isn’t a single solitary thing this government has done that isn’t about quantity. Sure they wrap it up as but when the fat lady sings, its all about look how much we have done,look how much we have saved, look how much we have spent. Getting the picture yet ?

        From mobile phones, to people, to this very planet, our model of life is decaying it and will only get worse if we don’t face facts.

        Its not our politics, our religions and beliefs, our level of pay,etc that has to change, ITS US THAT NEEDS TO CHANGE.


        August 15, 2017 at 11:34 am

  25. LinkedIn told it cannot stop the bots


    Now what with me being the data protection advocate i am and how i have consistently warned against using such data online, this makes me laugh.

    Linkedin is attempting to redefine what public data is so they can stipulate who can view and use it. Now dealing with the UK had the data been non public, so personal and protected, it could have been acquired under PART 4 exemptions, RULE 33. Under that though the likes of Linkedin would have had some control and set conditions. As the data is public however such rules don’t apply and despite trying to argue it could be used to identify individuals so fall under the definition of personal data, they lost.

    If your still not getting it we currently have personal data (not publicly available) and public (open for public consumption). Now Linkedin is trying to set a president to add a category that can only be described as public personal data which means its public but only so far as the conditions set on it by the second party originally processing it. Basically it means the data is public when it suits the business holding and using it originally (the business that first obtained the data from you).

    The cut and thrust of it is Linkedin is trying to monopolies such data for self gain, so DON’T be beguiled by any crap that comes out of their manipulative, profit driven mouth.


    August 15, 2017 at 11:01 am

  26. by Political Correctness!!


    August 18, 2017 at 10:00 am

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