We are working to make sure that the benefit system provides a safety net to prevent people becoming homeless. This includes making sure it covers the cost of housing in all parts of the UK. The benefit system has a really important role to play in helping homeless people find and hold onto jobs. To do this it must help people overcome problems related to their housing situation.
Recent changes to Housing Benefit are causing people to become homeless, and making it harder to move on from homelessness.
The benefits system is changing. This is a chance to improve things for the better. But it’s currently making life more difficult for some.
Sanctions are causing homelessness. People are often sanctioned because they are expected to do things they can’t manage while they’re homeless.
Our research looks into how the welfare system impacts on homelessness.
of homeless people have experienced being sanctioned
of homeless people have previously had a job.
On Friday the Government laid out the regulations that will restrict 18 to 21 year olds from claiming the housing element of Universal Credit.
Just over a month ago the Department for Work and Pensions widened its eligibility criteria for U...