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Government warned to reinstate eviction ban to prevent people from losing homes during cost of living crisis | UK News

The eviction ban must be reinstated in England to ensure no one loses their home during the cost of living crisis, a new report has warned.

The Kerslake Commission on Homelessness and Rough Sleeping warned that inaction could lead to a “catastrophic” homelessness crisis, with the government failing to meet its manifesto pledge to end rough sleeping.

Its new report calls on the government to temporarily bring back the eviction ban – mirroring what was announced in Scotland earlier this month.

The report calls for a pause in benefits deductions and for benefits to be increased immediately – not next April as planned.

It urges the government to take a “two-pronged” approach to get people off the streets and ensure vulnerable tenants do not end up on them.

The commission was set up to examine the lessons from the public health emergency response to rough sleeping during the pandemic. It is chaired by former head of the Civil Service Lord Bob Kerslake and comprises 36 experts from the health, housing and homelessness sectors.

Its latest report includes new recommendations on the cost-of-living crisis and says “the cost of not acting now is too great, as we stand on the precipice of a new emergency”.

Lord Kerslake said the government’s responses to the pandemic and the cost-of-living crisis “must be equally urgent”.

He added that failure to act could see this become a “homelessness as well as an economic crisis” and that the results could be “catastrophic”.

The National Residential Landlords Association said it was right to call for improvements to the benefits system, but that preventing failed tenancies from ending would be “catastrophic” and would not address people’s hardships.

Chief executive Ben Beadle said: “There is a very real danger that an eviction ban would give free rein to tenants committing antisocial behaviour and those deliberately not paying their rents, knowing they will face no consequences and the bill will be picked up by others.”

The government did not say whether it was considering a temporary ban.

A spokeswoman said: “We are giving councils £316 million this year to ensure families are not left without a roof over their heads.

“This is alongside the action we are taking to support families with the cost of living this winter through our £37 billion pound support package.

“This includes £1,200 this year for the most vulnerable, helping them to pay their bills and stay in their homes.”

Queen’s beloved corgis get new homes | UK News

Prince Andrew and his ex-wife will take on the Queen’s beloved corgis, following the monarch’s death.

The Queen owned more than 30 corgis and dorgis – a corgi dachshund mix – during her reign and was well-known for her love of the animals.

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Her latest pair, Muick and Sandy, were given to her by the Duke of York last year.

A spokesperson for Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York, confirmed they will look after the dogs.

File photo dated 12/5/1973 of Queen Elizabeth II sitting on a grassy bank with the corgis at Virginia Water to watch competitors, including Prince Philip, in the Marathon of the European Driving Championship, part of the Royal Windsor Horse Show. During her reign, the Queen owned more than 30 corgis, with many of them direct descendants from Susan, who was given to her as an 18th birthday present by her parents in 1944 and was so loved that she accompanied Princess Elizabeth on her honeymoon. Is
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Queen Elizabeth II sitting on a grassy bank with the corgis at Virginia Water in 1973

Sandy was a replacement for Fergus, who died at just five-months-old in the aftermath of Prince Philip‘s death.

Fergus the dorgi – named after the Queen’s uncle, who was killed in action during the First World War – and Muick had kept the monarch entertained after they joined her at Windsor during lockdown.

Andrew bought them both for his mother in early 2021.

Sandy’s later arrival came as a 95th birthday present from Andrew and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret in the garden of their wartime country residence (Windsor) where they are staying. Their greatest pleasure is the occasional visits of the King and Queen. In view of the petrol shortage their Royal Highnesses ponycart has again been brought into use.
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Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret in the garden of their wartime country residence

Andrew was seen with daughters Beatrice and Eugenie in Balmoral on Saturday, as they viewed the tributes left for the Queen and thanked well-wishers for coming to pay their respects.

Asked by a mourner how things were, Andrew said: “We’ve been allowed one day, now we start the process of handing her on.”

Meanwhile, Sarah said the Queen was “the most incredible mother-in-law and friend” to her, and she would miss her “more than words can express”.

File photo dated 21/9/1950 of Princess Elizabeth holding a corgi. During her reign, the Queen owned more than 30 corgis, with many of them direct descendants from Susan, who was given to her as an 18th birthday present by her parents in 1944 and was so loved that she accompanied Princess Elizabeth on her honeymoon. Issue date: Thursday September 8, 2022.
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Many of the Queen’s corgis were direct descendants from Susan

Susan the original corgi

Most of the Queen’s corgis were descended from her first corgi, Susan, who was gifted to her on her 18th birthday.

The Queen looked after her own dogs as much as possible and during weekends spent at Windsor, the corgis went too and lived in her private apartments.

She fed them whenever her busy schedule permitted and also enjoyed walking the dogs.

The monarch had so many, Princess Diana once reportedly described them as a “moving carpet”.

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‘We hope they will soon find loving homes’: Giant rabbits rescued by RSPCA | UK News

A group of giant rabbits is recovering well after being rescued by the RSPCA.

The Flemish giant rabbits were found in small hutches on an allotment in Ashington, Northumberland, earlier this month.

They were in cramped and dirty conditions and had been left to breed with each other.

The largest rabbit weighed more than 8kg – the same as a medium-sized dog such as a Jack Russell or King Charles spaniel.

Its ears were 7in (almost 18cm) long.

Flemish giant rabbits are popular pets but they are also still bred for their fur and their meat.

The RSPCA said it is believed these rabbits were being bred to be eaten.

Around half of them were adults and half were babies – two of the adults were of average size but their litters were crossed with the giant rabbits, so the babies (or kits) are likely to grow into large rabbits.

‘We hope they will soon find loving homes’

Inspector Trevor Walker, who helped to rescue the rabbits, said: “These poor rabbits were living in cramped and dirty conditions which would have been very unpleasant for them especially in the heat.

“Luckily a vet found they are all in good condition, although one is on medication for weepy eyes and a wound on the back of his neck, but we hope they will soon find loving homes.”

Anyone interested in adopting the rabbits can look on the RSPCA’s website for the Find A Pet section.

Mr Walker said: “They will make good companion animals, as they have nice temperaments.”

Pet owners struggling with cost-of-living crisis

The RSPCA is seeing an increase in rabbits needing rescue and adoption, with some pet owners unable to care for them due to the increasing demands of the cost-of-living crisis.

Mr Walker said: “We would really urge people to do their research before taking on a pet, and also to make sure you get your pet neutered at an early opportunity to prevent unwanted litters of animals.

“All of these rabbits will be neutered, micro-chipped and vaccinated before finding new homes.”