Study finds government policies are making people homeless
- 09 Jul
A study has revealed that a number of government policies are unnecessarily increasing homelessness.
The report by Commonweal Housing, Rough Justice: uncovering social policies that create homelessness' claims that homelessness and the threat of becoming homeless is a much wider problem than the government's figures of 2,414 rough sleepers suggests, reports 24dash.
The report claims that the following policies should be changed:
• 'Unfair' immigration policy that leaves vulnerable migrants with no means for survival.
• Housing policy that means mothers leaving prison are denied the chance to care for their children and so to avoid re-offending.
• A courts system that denies compensation to those that have already lost years of their life through wrongful imprisonment
• Funding cuts and a welfare system failing women with multiple and complex support needs.
• One size fits all housing policies that are pricing more and more people out of the London housing market.
• Strict new Job Centre sanctions negatively impacting those looking for work.
• Lack of funding for women-focused homelessness services, including for those trying to leave street-based prostitution.
The study highlights many projects are trying to tackle homelessness which includes the Commonweal-backed scheme Peer Landllord.
Ashley Horsey, Commonweal's chief executive, said: "Commonweal Housing is delighted to launch Rough Justice which highlights the many policy changes needed to combat homelessness. Homelessness is a very real problem that cannot be ignored; it results in distressing long-term consequences for individuals, communities and for the state."
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