Reductions in benefits will have largest impact on homeless, charity claims
A charity is warning that benefit cuts happening in Scotland will hit homeless people the hardest.
Homeless Action Scotland has written evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s welfare reform committee and is warning that benefit sanctions would ‘chip away’ at the support for homeless people, reports Inside Housing.
The charity also refers to situations in England, where research by Homeless Link reveals sanctions are already disproportionately affecting homeless people. They say this must be avoided in Scotland if progress on eliminating homelessness is to be maintained.
Robert Aldridge, chief executive of Homeless Action Scotland, said: “The duties on local authorities to assist homeless people will continue regardless of the impact of welfare reform, and there will undoubtedly be pressures on local authorities in Scotland to deal with cases of rent arrears that have arisen as a result of a person’s benefit being reduced. We know that the Scottish Government is working with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities to develop an approach to sanctions in Scotland. We hope that this will lead to consistent mitigation work being taken forward across the country so that vulnerable people are not disproportionately affected.”
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