There could be a rise in the number of migrants left homeless
Many migrants may end up homeless due to loss of ‘transitional protection’ benefit.
Sector experts are warning that a homelessness ‘time bomb’ may occur due to an increasing number of European migrants lose their ‘transitional protection’ for housing benefit over the coming months, reports Inside Housing.
Thousands of people are at risk of losing their housing benefit due to the governments rule changes led by work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith which will remove housing benefit for all new EU claimants from April this year.
However, many existing EU claimants are under ‘transitional protection’ and will continue to receive housing benefit until the next break in their claim. After this break a claimant will lose their housing benefit if they are unemployed and will only be able to claim for another six months if they’ve previously worked.
Katharine Sacks-Jones, head of policy and campaigns at Crisis, said: “These changes will leave people from the European Economic Area who are currently working in the UK at increased risk of homelessness.”
A Department for Work and Pensions spokesperson said the reforms were ‘fair’ and provide “support for genuine workers and jobseekers, but do not allow people to come to our country and take advantage.”
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