The YHA, where some formerly homeless people are being housed.

Oxford University joins City Council effort to house rough sleepers

The Saïd Business School, University College, and Pembroke College, alongside commercial hotels, are partnering with the Oxford City Council to free up 121 rooms to house rough sleepers. In late March, the government told councils it was “imperative” to house rough sleepers. Residents of shelters including O’Hanlon House and the recently opened Floyds Row had […]

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Fury as councillors insult LGBTQ community and the homeless

Two Oxford councillors have come under heavy fire this week for comments insulting the LGBTQ community and the homeless. John Tanner, Labour Councillor for Littlemore, branded Oxford’s homeless “a disgrace”, while Julia Gasper, a parish councillor currently affiliated with the English Democrats and previously UKIP, posted a picture of Jimmy Savile to commemorate LGBTQ History […]

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Charities elected in 2017 RAG ballot

Balloting for the RAG charities vote which took place last week, closed on Thursday 9th February at 6pm. Oxford Raise and Give supports four charities a year; two national or international, and two local. The charities, chosen in a ballot each year share the profits of RAG’s fundraising activities over the course of the next […]

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The homeless shouldn’t be punished

According to its website, Oxford City Council’s proposed city-centre Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) “is about creating a safe and welcoming city centre for residents, businesses and tourists”. If you are homeless, however, your life is about to get a whole lot harder. Criminalising a number of behaviours deemed to be anti-social, the proposed PSPO […]

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County council cuts to homeless support services will lead to “more deaths on the streets”, says charity

The head of a local homeless charity has warned  that “there will be more deaths on the streets” due to council cuts to homeless services. Oxford County Council has proposed a 38% cut to the Housing Related Support budget. Lesley Dewhurst, head of Oxford Homeless Pathways, made the prediction at a meeting to combat the […]

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Decomposing on the city streets

Will Upton discusses the down-and-dirty economics of music The number of down and outs on the streets of Oxford is disconcerting and a constant reminder of the precariousness of privilege. I myself was brought down to street level by a wayward paving stone recently, and got up to find someone frighteningly reminiscent of a famous […]

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