Homelessness has also been in the news.
Figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government show more than half of councils in England recorded a rise in rough sleeping compared with the year before. Jon Sparkes, the chief executive of homeless charity Crisis, told the BBC: "Behind these statistics are thousands of desperate people, sleeping in doorways, bin shelters, stations and parks - anywhere they can find to stay safe and escape the elements”. (www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-38719087).
A new law, the Homelessness Reduction Bill, will oblige councils to step in and help people threatened with losing their home within 56 days rather than 28 days as now (www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-38736168 ).
In Manchester, a woman incensed at the installation of anti-homeless metal spikes outside a has covered them with cushions, after saying "the building owners are treating human beings like pigeons” (www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-38798215).
What does ‘a place of safety’ mean to you: a place, a person, a state of mind? What difference does having a roof over your head make to your feeling of safety?
Through your exploration of the theme of 'Refuge: in search of safety' we as your audience can examine our own perceptions of what it means to seek, find, lose – or to provide – refuge.