LIVE TWEETING: Westminster Member of UK Youth Parliament Election Results: 18.10 | Press Office


Tonight, Campaign Founder Hugo Sugg will be attending the Westminster MYP Elections at London’s City Hall.

Starting at approximately 18.10 GMT, the new Member of UK Youth Parliament for Westminster will be announced live. Hamza Taouzzale, the MYP for the last year, specially invited Hugo Sugg to represent Hugo’s Earthquake Campaign and to introduce himself to the new MYP.

Hamza and Hugo met last week to discuss a possible homelessness awareness Campaign Hub in Westminster. Hamza supported this, and invited Hugo tonight to get homelessness on the agenda of the new MYP’s portfolio.

JOIN Hugo Sugg live Tweet on our Press Office Twitter Account @EarthquakePress from 18.00.


APOLOGY: Oxford Cllr John Tanner

Oxford City Councillor John Tanner has published a Press Release apology for his “disgrace” comment on rough sleepers:

“I unreservedly apologise for the remarks I made on local radio about beggars in Oxford. It is a disgrace that we have beggars on the streets of Oxford but I do not blame the beggars for this situation.”

 “My comments were very ill-advised and do not reflect what I really think. Beggars often have mental health, drug or drink problems and deserve our support. I am sorry for the offence I have caused by my remarks.

“Oxford City Council plays a leading role in helping the street homeless off the streets. I recognise that only some beggars are also street homeless. I encourage everyone not to give money directly to beggars but to support charities like OXPAT (Oxford Poverty Action Trust).

“With Government cuts in benefits and bans on receiving public funds more and more people are being left destitute in Oxford. It is a disgrace that in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe some of our citizens end up begging on the streets.”

Press Office: LIVE TWEETING from meeting with Westminster Member of Youth Parliament Hamza Taouzzale

Campaign Founder Hugo Sugg is due to meet with MYP Hamza Taouzzale at 17.30 GMT today to talk about homelessness in Westminster and how, together, we could tackle it.

FOLLOW this meeting on our @EarthquakePress Twitter account, and turn on our notifications for the very latest.

#JusticeForCardon EXCLUSIVE: FULL Letter rejecting official ‘#TentDeath’ investigation

#HugosEarthquake can EXCLUSIVELY publish the FULL, unedited letter which rejected a Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) into Cardon Banfield’s death and circumstances of discovery – sent on 19th December 2016.

At first, this was a massive blow to the #JusticeForCardon Campaign, however there is some good – Healthwatch Worcestershire have got involved – and this will most certainly bring answers. Campaign head Hugo Sugg said “I am relieved this hasn’t gone away. It is taking longer than expected, but we have kept it alive and relevant. Worcester will NOT get away with overlooking the death of Cardon Banfield. We will get answers, and we will get justice!”


Imagine: You’re homeless, the Council isn’t helping and you don’t know why…

If you watched the Channel 4 Dispatches programme the other day, you would have seen the brutality of Local Authorities when it comes to homelessness assessment.

Although it reflected what Council’s do very well, I think it’s important to say that it’s not all their fault when it comes to denying someone housing.

The law is very strict, doesn’t allow for manoeuvre nor does it directly provide assistance to the Council. The Local Authority can only give you what they have to give, if you’re accepted as homeless – and unfortunately that is very little anyway. This is because Councils are strapped on housing supply, Officers to support and money to assist people who are in dire need of help.

This puts Councils in the firing line of people who are rejected help, because many don’t understand the complex machinery behind the Homelessness Team. With homelessness rising nationally, they have hundreds of applications with very little resource.

I think it is generally unfair that Officer’s get this flack, although sometimes they do deserve it, but the issue shouldn’t lie with them. Government are the ones who set the legislation – it’s them with the responsibility as to why you haven’t been housed when you need it.

Vulnerability is also an area that many fight with to get assistance, but Council’s deny all the time. The reason? Because according to Case Law – they have to see that you “are more vulnerable than an ordinary street homeless person“.

Yes, that’s right – how do you measure something as obscure and grey-area’ed than this!? But they have too… And this can determine whether you’re eligible for assistance or not. If you are more vulnerable, you are (unfortunately) in the minority to be helped, not the majority.

It’s difficult for both parties, especially the person who is facing homelessness or is indeed homeless. My one piece of advice if you know you will be homeless in a number of days:

Do not sit on this, knowing you’ll be homeless, and approach the Council or hostel the day you become homeless – but instead the MOMENT you know! If they have enough time, they will have a better chance of really helping you – but if you give them no time, they’re not magicians.

This piece of advice was given to me, and it saved me from being street homeless again right before University in 2012. It’s the timing you give which tends to determine how much help you’ll be given.

If you need help or support, please see England and Wales Homelessness NumbersScottish Numbers Directory and what will happen when you apply to the Council as homeless.

It’s vital that if you’re homeless, you get support – and this post is here to help you get the most out of a system that is at near-breaking point, through no fault of your situation.

PRESS RELEASE: Councils to get £48 million to expand provision for homeless in UK

Hugo’s Earthquake supports this extra injection of money being put into homelessness intervention.

News that £48m has been announced is welcome, if spent in the right way. In reaction, Campaign spokesperson Emily Saunders stated “£48 million isn’t a small amount when it comes to supporting the homeless, but we are really keen to make sure money is put in the right place and supports the most vulnerable in a place they feel comfortable.”

This money has been put aside because of the ever-closer Homelessness Reduction Bill becoming law. This Bill is a Private Members Bill by Bob Blackman MP and our reaction to this potential legislation can be found here.

Over the coming months, we will be closely monitoring where this money is going and openly challenge organisations as to what exactly are they going to do with this extra assistance.

The Campaign has been a driving force in Worcester, helping to uncover failings in service provision or commissioning, and we will strive to continue this scrutiny process, whatever part of the UK.

For more information or to contact the Press Office, please email

Press Office and Social Media Team

Hugo’s Earthquake has developed a Press Office and Social Media Team. This Team will be in charge of our media and social media output, with Officers covering different sections of the country and organisation. The purpose of the Press Office is to write Press Releases and manage communication between the media, general public and Hugo’s Earthquake Campaign staff. Anyone can contact the Press Team via email and there should be a response within 3 days – so if you have something that you think the Campaign should focus on or an issue you feel we should respond too – please do get in touch.

The email address for the Team is, or you can email them using the contact form below. If it is an urgent request or issue, please put “URGENT” in the subject and we will be sure to priortise this.

Our social media (including website) will start to be run by Press Office staff and we are going to be having separate Twitter accounts for different areas of the Campaign so you can keep up to date with the very latest. We will also shortly be creating a Facebook group to mirror the current Hugo’s Earthquake Facebook Page.

You will be able to see all our social media profiles advertised through website updates, our current social media channels and also in a specific section on the Campaign homepage.

If you would like to volunteer your time and become a Press Officer for Hugo’s Earthquake, please email and he will be able to discuss this with you.


Being threatened with homelessness, and becoming homeless can be incredibly scary.

With homelessness rising every year mainly due to economic reasons, it is vital that our Campaign followers know what do to if they or someone they know is ever faced with the situation of having to leave their home. Reasons for eviction could be non-payment of rent, fire, domestic violence, flood, overcrowding, loss of income or relationship breakdown.

It is really vital to know who to call if ever faced in this situation. BY LAW, your Council or Local Authority must have an emergency homeless service running all day and night, all through the year:

MYTH-BUSTER: When someone calls up the Council, they might assume they will be given somewhere to stay that night. This is often not the case. FIND OUT MORE: What you might not know when you ‘apply to be homeless’ at the Council.