"WE need to change the way we approach homelessness," is the simple but effective message from Britpop band Dodgy frontman Nigel Clark.

The band have released a new version of their top 20 hit ‘Staying Out For The Summer’ to raise money for people going through homelessness.

The song, on sale now, is raising cash for Musicians Against Homelessness (MAH), a charity close to Redditch resident Nigel's heart.

"We are failing as a society if we can’t look after the homeless,” he said.

“Having shelter is a basic human need. We’ll never know what it’s like to be homeless until it happens to us and becoming homeless is closer than you think for most of us.

“Certain parts of the media have been successful in demonising homeless people, the way we reverse those pernicious lies is by helping."

The band have also made a new video to promote the song – a summer hit in both 1994 and 1995, and originally a track on their second album Homegrown which went gold in the UK.

The band are touring the UK in February and March to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the album and will be supporting MAH throughout the tour by raising funds.

The band said: “We did a series of festivals with Musicians Against Homelessness last Summer and we got along rather well ­– a finer bunch of people you are not likely to meet, so it’s an absolute pleasure to work with them on the 25th anniversary re-release of Staying Out For The Summer.”

Nigel added: "We don't have a specific amount in mind that we want to raise. Anything is good and will help."

For more on the single, the tour, or to donate, go to facebook.com/dodgyuk.

All proceeds will go to Crisis, the national charity for homeless people.