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Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive at Crisis, said: “While it’s good to see that in certain areas of London the number of rough sleepers is going down, no one should be forced to sleep on the streets, let alone 2630, especially when we know how rough sleeping can be ended.
Last week, the High Court heard a judicial review regarding the Home Office policy to detain and remove EEA nationals from the UK after sleeping rough, because – according to highly controversial regulations – sleeping rough can constitute a breach of freedom of movement rules for EU nationals – even if they are working, paying taxes, or sleeping rough through circumstances beyond their control.
In today’s Budget the Chancellor Phillip Hammond announced these measures for tackling homelessness which Crisis has campaigned for: £20m for private rented sector access and support (Help to Rent schemes campaigned for by Crisis) £28 for Housing First pilot schemes in 3 areas: Manchester, Liverpool and the West Midlands Confirmed the launch of the Homelessness Reduction Taskforce, which will develop a cross‑government strategy to work towards its commitment to halve rough sleeping by 2022
New figures show just two in 10 landlords would rent to tenants on Universal Credit Today, MPs from across the political spectrum were due to unite with Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, at Westminster to urge the Chancellor to fund local projects aimed at helping homeless people into renting ahead of the Budget next month.
Matthew Downie, Director of Policy and External Affairs at Crisis said: “Universal Credit is a much needed way of simplifying our complicated benefits system, but we can’t ignore the significant complications its roll-out is having.