Image of How to reclaim empty spaces | The Big Issue
How to reclaim empty spaces | The Big Issue
An empty building is a waste of space. The Big Issue’s Fill ‘Em Up campaign has encouraged the refurbishment of unused or derelict buildings: a great way to boost housing supply and re-energise neighbourhoods in decline.We’ve highlighted a lot of the good work going on to breathe new life into old buildings, and have urged government to do more to help groups willing to bring light to some of the ... [Read More]
Image of PressTV-Violence displaces 1 million in Congo's Kasai: UN
PressTV-Violence displaces 1 million in Congo's Kasai: UN
Deadly violence between government forces and tribal militias in DR Congo's central Kasai region has forced more than a million people from their homes over the past eight months, the UN said Friday.The fighting erupted after government troops last August killed tribal chief Jean Pierre Mpandi, also known as Kamwina Nsapu, who had launched an uprising against President Joseph Kabila.Yvon Edoumou o... [Read More]
Image of PressTV-4,600 people flee homes in DR Congo daily: UN
PressTV-4,600 people flee homes in DR Congo daily: UN
An average of 4,600 people flee their homes every day in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN says, warning of a dramatically deteriorating humanitarian situation in the country.A full 3.7 million people were displaced within DR Congo by the end of March - more than double the 1.6 million at the start of 2016, the United Nations humanitarian agency OCHA said.“This is a massive, massive deterio... [Read More]
Image of Migrants to Get Seven Bedroom Home While 1,100 Brits On Housing Wait List » Alex Jones' Infowars
Migrants to Get Seven Bedroom Home While 1,100 Brits On Housing Wait List » Alex Jones' Infowars
‘Syrian refugees’ will be given a seven-bedroom home in one of the most desirable parts of Britain, it was revealed last night.The furnished end-of-terrace home – valued at over $500,00 – has been empty for two years but is now reserved for “imminent arrivals” by Rother Council, which has 1,132 people waiting for social housing.They are expected within weeks. Ukip home affairs spokeswoman Jane Col... [Read More]
Image of PressTV-UK putting refugees in rat-infested homes
PressTV-UK putting refugees in rat-infested homes
The British government is placing underprivileged asylum seekers and refugees in rat-infested homes of the most deprived parts of the country, a parliamentary report has revealed.The government has been resettling refugees in “disgraceful” situations, a sign that the dispersal system is “not working,” according to a report by the UK Parliament’s Home Affairs Select Committee.Dirty carpets, rotten ... [Read More]
Image of America Has Unofficially Declared War on the Homeless
America Has Unofficially Declared War on the Homeless
(ANTIMEDIA) Police departments across the country have been ramping up raids on the homeless, stealing coats, blankets, and other personal items and leaving those on the street with no protection from the cold and rain.The Homelessness San Diego Facebook page recently posted a video of city workers conducting an “encampment sweep” that was recorded by homeless advocate Michael McConnell. According... [Read More]
Image of PressTV-UK homelessness up 40% since 2010
PressTV-UK homelessness up 40% since 2010
A new report reveals that the overall number of homeless households in England has increased by about 40 percent over the past six years, highlighting that homelessness is a growing crisis across the UK.The report, released by the Department for Communities and Local Government, says that from 2010 to 2016, the number of households accepted as being homeless went up from 42,000 to 60,000.But the i... [Read More]
Image of 2016 Was Awful for Brazilians and 2017 Doesn’t Look Much Better - Bloomberg
2016 Was Awful for Brazilians and 2017 Doesn’t Look Much Better - Bloomberg
Few Brazilians will mourn the passing of 2016. The president was impeached, a vast corruption scandal dominated the headlines day after day and a devastating recession - the worst on record - crushed the hopes of millions.It is that last element that remains the most painful today. For while financial markets have rebounded as the new administration sought to calm jittery investors, the economy is... [Read More]
Image of PressTV-Number of homeless children in UK rising
PressTV-Number of homeless children in UK rising
There has been a “shocking” rise in the number of homeless children living in temporary accommodation across Britain, according to the latest government figures.The number of homeless children who will spend Christmas in lodges and inns has grown by over 10 percent since last year to 124,000, according to data released by the Department for Communities and Local Government.The data also reveals a ... [Read More]
Image of PressTV-Greece to approve fresh cuts for 2017
PressTV-Greece to approve fresh cuts for 2017
Greece's parliament is to approve a new set of cuts and tax hikes for next year as Athens struggles to secure fresh funds from international creditors.The parliament, dominated by lawmakers from the leftist government, is expected to ratify a budget bill later on Saturday that is expected to save some $6.5 billion for the country in 2017.Greek lawmakers will vote on imposition of extra taxes on ca... [Read More]
Image of PressTV-UN report warns of new 'Arab Spring'
PressTV-UN report warns of new 'Arab Spring'
A UN report has warned of a new "Arab Spring", saying young people struggling to find jobs and a place in society were turning to "more direct, more violent" means to have their voices heard.The report by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) urged Arab governments to seize "historic opportunities" provided by a new generation of highly-educated, urban youth.Failure to help them to realize... [Read More]
Image of PressTV-Riots leave 30,000 homeless in Nigeria’s Lagos
PressTV-Riots leave 30,000 homeless in Nigeria’s Lagos
A series of state-ordered demolitions and riots among slum dwellers have made some 30,000 people homeless in Nigerian megacity Lagos, a rights group and residents say.The Justice and Empowerment Initiatives (JEI), a Lagos-based rights group, said in a statement on Thursday that bulldozers escorted by police arrived late on Wednesday to raze the makeshift housing in Lekki island and other up-market... [Read More]
Image of UK police impose strict rules as 1000s attend London's Million Mask March
UK police impose strict rules as 1000s attend London's Million Mask March
Thousands of masked protesters have converged in central London for the annual Million Mask March sponsored by the hacking group Anonymous to protest austerity measures, official corruption and eroding civil liberties among other causes.Some 2,000 police officers, including riot police, were deployed to deal with the protest rally in Trafalgar Square on Saturday, fearing repeat of last year’s viol... [Read More]
Image of Homeless population at NYC shelters exceeds 60,000
Homeless population at NYC shelters exceeds 60,000
The number of homeless people staying at New York City’s shelters has, for the first time ever, gone beyond 60,000, according to new official data.The New York City’s shelter population accepted 60,017 people on Tuesday night, the New York Post reported Thursday, citing data by the Department of Homeless Services.Nearly 24,000 homeless children were sleeping in shelters, while the adult population... [Read More]
Image of Councils 'tell homeless to sleep on streets so they can get help' | The Independent
Councils 'tell homeless to sleep on streets so they can get help' | The Independent
Homeless people are being told by councils to sleep rough so they can get help, research by a charity has found.People who turned to their local authority for help were often sent packing without support or instructed to sleep rough in order to access services, according to a report by St Mungo's.The findings, based on interviews with 40 St Mungo's clients, suggested that three-quarters of homeles... [Read More]
Image of People Living In Poverty End Up Paying Higher Prices Across The Board - That's The Poverty Premium | Huffington Post
People Living In Poverty End Up Paying Higher Prices Across The Board - That's The Poverty Premium | Huffington Post
Being poor is not just about being unable to afford those ‘nice to have’ things - it’s being forced to pay more for the absolute essentials, such as gas, electricity, banking, household goods and even groceries simply because you are living in poverty. It’s called the ‘poverty premium’ and it is effectively a tax on the poor.According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), households in poverty ... [Read More]
Image of May urged to roll back policies hitting under-25s to end generational inequality
May urged to roll back policies hitting under-25s to end generational inequality
Theresa May has been urged to do more to improve conditions for young people and reduce growing intergenerational inequality in Britain.Campaign groups have urged the prime minister to do more than the previous government, including rolling back some of its policies, if she was serious in her speech to the Conservative party conference about ending the “division and unfairness” that exists in Brit... [Read More]
Image of PressTV- Oxfam censures inequality in UK
PressTV- Oxfam censures inequality in UK
The London-based world's leading charity, Oxfam, has declared the United Kingdom as one of the most unequal countries in the world, saying wealth inequality contributed to the Brexit vote.According to a report published by Oxfam on Tuesday, the accumulated wealth of Britain’s richest one percent is more than 20 times the total of the poorest fifth in the country, meaning that one in five people li... [Read More]
Image of Tent Cities Full Of Homeless People Are Booming In Cities All Over America As Poverty Spikes | Zero Hedge
Tent Cities Full Of Homeless People Are Booming In Cities All Over America As Poverty Spikes | Zero Hedge
Just like during the last economic crisis, homeless encampments are popping up all over the nation as poverty grows at a very alarming rate.  According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than half a million people are homeless in America right now, but that figure is increasing by the day.  And it isn’t just adults that we are talking about.  It has been report... [Read More]
As Homeless Find Refuge in Forests, ‘Anger Is Palpable’ in Nearby Towns
Jack HealyMr. Wendlandt serves lunch and hands out socks to needy campers every Thursday. But he has stopped provisioning people with blankets and sleeping bags, worried that what seemed like compassion could be exacerbating a problem. Darcee and Gerald Babbitt at their campsite outside Nederland. “Yes, we’re homeless,” Mr. Babbitt said. “No, we’re not vagrants. No, we’re not beggars.” Nick C... [Read More]
Image of British government cuts funding for agency that protects workers
British government cuts funding for agency that protects workers
The ruling UK Conservative Party faces backlash for cutting funds of a government agency responsible for protecting vulnerable workers.The Employment Agency Standards (EAS) Inspectorate, the British government agency responsible for protecting workers from being exploited by their employers, has had more than 50 percent of its funding cut since the Conservative Party came to power.EAS “works with ... [Read More]
Image of PressTV-Hundreds of Britons dying from hunger
PressTV-Hundreds of Britons dying from hunger
UK food bank charities have sharply criticized the poverty “scandal” in Britain after disturbing new statistics revealed that hundreds of Britons died from hunger and malnutrition last year.Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) indicate that 391 people died from hunger or malnutrition in 2015, a 27 percent increase compared with nine years ... [Read More]