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Soup kitchen given new hope

A charity fighting to save a popular town centre soup kitchen which has served the homeless and the vulnerable for more than 25 years has won a High Court ruling that a decision to terminate its licence was "unlawful".

A judge has quashed an April 2013 decision by the London Borough of Waltham Forest to revoke the licence for the operation of the soup kitchen at the Mission Grove car park in Walthamstow, east London - meaning it will have to be reconsidered.

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CEO's sleep rough to raise awareness

A group of CEO's are tonight sleeping rough to raise awareness about youth homelessness.

Action for Children's new chief executive Sir Tony Hawkhead, Mike Tobin OBE, John Hardie, chief executive of ITN, Tim Griffin, Dell UK vice president and Matthew Ponsonby, chief operating officer, Barclays Investment Banking Division have left the boardroom to sleep next to St Paul's Cathedral.

Charity to offer vital homeless aftercare

For the thousands of people who sleep rough in London hospitals are often the only place to go for help.

Life expectancy for a man sleeping rough is 30 years lower than the average.

Now a charity is launching a special service to offer the vital aftercare needed when people are discharged from hospitals. Ria Chatterjee went to see it in action.

Hospital aftercare for the homeless launches

A scheme to provide aftercare for homeless people after they have been discharged from hospital is launched today. St Mungo’s has been given £3.6 million of a £10 million boost from the Department of Health for the new scheme.

Homeless people are often discharged back onto the street after hospital treatment with a third getting help with their living situation. This fails to deal with underlying health issues. St Mungo's will now launch an aftercare network for homeless people.

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Homelessness rises by 62 per cent research says

London has seen the biggest rise in the country in the number of rough sleepers, over the last quarter, according to a new report.

According to a report by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, around one in ten people has been homeless at some point, with numbers rising over the past 3 years.

Homelessness has risen for three consecutive years. The research identifies a housing ‘pressure cooker’, particularly in London and the South East.

The study says a lack of supply and rising housing costs, cuts to benefits and to services are combining to leave people already struggling to keep their heads above water at increased risk of homelessness.

Katharine Sacks-Jones from Crisis explains:

Read: London sees biggest UK rise in homelessness.

'Rough sleepers' bed down in Exchange Square

Centrepoint hope to raise £750,000 to help the homeless through Christmas Credit: ITN/ Martin Stew

City workers join celebrities including DJ Sara Cox and singer Rebecca Ferguson to bed down for the night in Exchange Square near Liverpool Street tonight.

Hundreds are expected in Exchange Square tonight Credit: ITN/Martin Stew

The temporary rough sleepers will be treated to live music, ice skating performances and a bedtime story read to from Christopher Biggins.

These 'rough sleepers' will get a bedtime story from Christopher Biggins Credit: ITN/Martin Stew

Event aims to raise £750,000

The campaign is designed to raise money to help support homeless young people. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Hundreds of people across London are expected to swap their beds for a sleeping bag tonight.

Every year, Centrepoint, which supports and campaigns for homeless young people aged 16-25 years, holds its Sleep Out event, encouraging people, businesses and celebrities, to take to the street.

It's the ninth year the charity has held the event and aims to raise £750,000 for homeless young people, to help house and support them over the Christmas period.

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