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Families borrowing to buy food a week into UK lockdown

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Food Foundation warns of crisis as YouGov poll reports 1.5m people worrying about hunger Millions of British people are already struggling to get the food they need and are falling into debt because of the coronavirus pandemic, a survey carried out this week suggests. The Food Foundation, which commissioned the YouGov poll, said the outbreak…

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Domestic abuse was bound to rise during the coronavirus crisis.

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Ministers must quickly start to put out public health advice to tackle the rising number of incidents. “The incidences of call outs for domestic abuse are going up.” These were the words said to me by West Midlands Police on this morning’s weekly multi-agency conference call. I knew it would happen. Isolation at home, the…

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Hostels like living in ‘petri dishes’ as temporary housing hit by coronavirus

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People living in temporary accommodation are facing an “unprecedented crisis’, charities warn Hundreds of children in Merseyside who are currently in temporary accommodation face living in “petri dishes” due to the coronavirus pandemic. As the coronavirus crisis worsens, hostels for homeless people are looking at an “unprecedented crisis” in trying to house people. This could…

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Coronavirus: The rough sleepers who can’t self-isolate

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For more than 35 years, The People’s Kitchen in Newcastle has opened its doors to rough sleepers and vulnerable people. Based in a former church, tables for up to 120 diners sit in-between floor-to-ceiling beams, with a professional kitchen at the back – once the heartbeat of the operation. But today it is all empty.…

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Third of homeless people seeking help from councils left on the streets

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Charities urge Chancellor to use Wednesday’s Budget to end homelessness, with councils lacking enough available affordable housing More than a third of homeless people who approached their councils for help either ended up back on the streets or became rough sleepers, new research has revealed. According to a new report from the homelessness charity, Crisis,…

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