Charity warns that housing benefit cuts will lead to increased homelessness
- 14 Jul
Homelessness charity Crisis has said that the cuts to housing benefits announced in the latest budget are likely to increase homelessness.
After George Osborne announced cuts to housing benefits in the latest budget, there is growing concern that an increase in homelessness will occur, reports the Independent.
Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis has said:
“These short-sighted cuts to housing benefit are likely to push more and more people into homelessness and could end up costing the taxpayer even more than they save. We are particularly worried about cuts to housing benefit for 18-21s. Under-25s already make up a third of homeless people and there is a real danger these changes could make things even worse. For many young people, living with their parents simply isn’t an option. Housing benefit can mean keeping a roof over their heads while they look for work and get their lives back on track.”
The charity has also said that the Government’s four year freeze in housing benefit would also have a negative impact.
According to Government statistics, homelessness rose from 1,768 in 2010 to 2,744 by 2014, the last year with full statistics on record.
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