At least 320,000 people homeless in Britain, says housing charity

Reports that housing charity Shelter has found that at least 320,000 people are now homeless in Britain feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Guardian reports that the figure "amounts to a year-on-year increase of 13,000, a 4 per cent rise, despite government pledges to tackle the crisis. The estimate suggests that nationally one in 200 people are homeless". The paper says that Shelter said its figures, "which include rough sleepers and people in temporary accommodation, are likely to be an underestimate of the problem as they do not capture people who experience ‘hidden’ homelessness, such as sofa-surfers, and others living insecurely in sheds or cars, for example".

The Times (subscription) reports that "Glasgow is considering a levy for employers who provide parking spaces for their staff". The paper says that "it is thought that the move would help cut congestion and reduce air pollution in Glasgow, which is due to launch Scotland’s first low-emission zone at the end of the year with fines for motorists who enter it in proscribed vehicles".

The Times reports that the UK’s biggest building society has said that "fears about Brexit are subduing people’s house purchases". The paper says that uncertainty about the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union is having a "dampening effect" on the housing market, according to Robert Gardner, chief economist at Nationwide.

The Guardian reports that a Brazilian school has been named this year’s winner of the RIBA international prize for the best building in the world. The paper says that it is "an unlikely accolade to find bestowed on a remote school in a far-flung part of Brazil, designed by a duo in their early 30s who had built little more than a couple of private houses and a few installations before landing this commission".


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