Government urged to act as thousands prepare to spend Christmas on the streets

Government urged to act as thousands prepare to spend Christmas on the streets New research reveals that homelessness has increased by 120% in England and 63% in Wales over the last five years. Homelessness in the UK has increased massively over the last five years More than 24,000 people in Britain will be sleeping rough or in cars, trains or tents over Christmas, according to new figures. Research commissioned by the charity Crisis shows that the number of homeless people has risen sharply [...]

The city in the eye of an HIV ‘perfect storm’

The city in the eye of an HIV 'perfect storm'. Homelessness and drug addiction have led to a rise in HIV cases in Glasgow. Glasgow has seen the UK's worst outbreak of HIV in 30 years, according to the city's health workers, and the problem is still getting worse. New cases have emerged in the past few weeks and the BBC has learned there have been 157 in total since the outbreak was first detected in 2015. Homeless people and drug users are [...]

NHS data shows rise in homeless patients returning to streets

NHS data shows rise in homeless patients returning to streets. Exclusive: number of hospital discharges of people of no fixed abode up 30% since 2014  The Northern Care Alliance recorded a 206% increase in discharges to the streets in five years. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Thousands of homeless patients have been discharged from NHS hospitals directly back to the streets in the past five years, despite some being in recovery from major surgery and mental health crises, the Guardian can reveal. Experts have warned of [...]

More adults seeking support for alcoholic parents

More adults seeking support for alcoholic parents. Image copyright FAMILY HANDOUT - Amelia Carr with her father whose alcoholism became particularly serious when she was five The number of adults seeking help to cope with an alcoholic parent has tripled over five years, according to a leading charity. The National Association for the Children of Alcoholics took more than 23,000 calls or messages last year from over 18s, compared to 6,400 in 2013. Experts say more funding to support families and friends would help [...]