Ministers told that homeless women are being failed across the UK
- 08 May
Report reveals homeless women are the most traumatised and marginalised people in society.
Homeless charity St Mungo's Broadway presented findings from its recent Rebuilding Shattered Lives report to the Ministerial Working Group on Homelessness yesterday.
The report shows that over 10,000 women were in homelessness services in the UK last year and many more are ‘hidden homeless'. The report shows problems such as separation from children, mental and physical ill health, prison sentences, drug and alcohol use and involvement in prostitution. The report says the problems appear to stem from trauma following violence and abuse, reports 24dash.
Howard Sinclair, St Mungo's Broadway chief executive, said: "There are multiple and complex reasons why women become homeless so it's important to share the findings of our report with ministers from right across government. There is much good practice out there, but as this report shows, we also need new approaches. We have to get this right and we welcome the opportunity to demonstrate to ministers that national government has a crucial role to play. We are disappointed that the Minister for Women was not at the meeting. She has an important role in holding her colleagues from across government to account for considering the needs of homeless women. We hope that ministers will recognise our recommendation that she be added as a member of the Ministerial Working Group on Homelessness to ensure that it expressly considers women's homelessness."
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