News Daily: Plan to end homelessness and Muslims warn of Boris 'whitewash'

By Sarah Collerton
BBC News


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Plan to end rough sleeping within a decade

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Homelessness has been rising on England's streets for the past seven years, but the government is vowing it can make it a "thing of the past" by 2027.

Its new £100m plan will offer support for people with mental health problems and addictions, as well as help with accommodation. About a third of the Rough Sleeping Strategy funds will go towards training people in dealing with those affected by the illegal drug Spice - it's estimated 90-95% of those homeless in Manchester use the drug.

Charities have largely welcomed the strategy but warned it was not "a total fix", while Labour said it was a "feeble plan".

What's it like to have to bed down on the street at night? The BBC talked to rough sleepers by the sea and others enduring the recent heatwave.

Muslims warn PM over Johnson inquiry

The row over comments made by Boris Johnson on the burka is continuing to rumble on, with the UK's largest Muslim organisation now calling on the PM to make sure the inquiry into his remarks isn't a "whitewash".

The Guardian says the Muslim Council of Britain is writing a letter to Theresa May saying "no-one should be allowed to victimise minorities with impunity".

He's facing a Conservative party investigation after writing in his Daily Telegraph column last week that women in burkas look like "letterboxes" or "bank robbers".

His latest column in the paper is out today, but he makes no mention of the row. He also avoided the topic when he took a tray of teas to journalists waiting outside his home yesterday. Here's a video of his offering to reporters.

Long waits for passengers at Heathrow

Passport control delays at Heathrow have seen many passengers from outside the EU facing queues of up to two-and-a-half hours - rather than the Border Force's target time of 45 minutes, new figures show.

Virgin Atlantic, which obtained the data, says passengers are "frustrated" and now is the time the UK "needs to show the world it is open for business". A Home Office spokesman said it was working to reduce waiting times and put an extra 200 staff on at the airport this summer.

The fastest-sinking city in the world

By Mayuri Mei Lin & Rafki Hidayat, BBC Indonesian

It sits on swampy land, the Java Sea lapping against it, and 13 rivers running through it. So it shouldn't be a surprise that flooding is frequent in Jakarta and, according to experts, it is getting worse. But it's not just about freak floods, this massive city is literally disappearing into the ground.

"The potential for Jakarta to be submerged isn't a laughing matter," says Heri Andreas, who has studied the Indonesian capital's land subsidence for the past 20 years at the Bandung Institute of Technology. "If we look at our models, by 2050 about 95% of North Jakarta will be submerged."

What the papers say

There's still no escaping Boris Johnson and the burka row on the front pages, including the Guardian report on the Muslim Council of Britain writing to the PM to demand the former foreign secretary face a full disciplinary inquiry. The Daily Telegraph leads on Mr Johnson's latest column for the paper in which he calls on Theresa May to slash what he calls "absurdly high" stamp duty and to build more houses, but he makes no mention of the controversy. Comments from the Duchess of Sussex's family also make the front pages, with the Sun saying there's a "royal crisis" over her father's "latest outburst". Elsewhere, the Daily Express says research shows the "death of the High Street" is being "speeded up" by bank closures.

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