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Benefits and employment

Recent reforms to the benefit system are causing homelessness and making it harder for homeless people to get back on their feet.

What is the solution?

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.

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Cover the cost

Cover the Cost is calling on the government to stop thousands more people becoming homeless.

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Impact on homelessness

Our research looks into how the welfare system impacts on homelessness.

39%

of homeless people have experienced being sanctioned

88%

of homeless people have previously had a job.

News

In our society, we should all have a safe place to call home. However, almost 30,000 households a...


14/11/2019

Today is World Homeless Day – a day to raise awareness of the global issue of homelessness, and t...


10/10/2019

Restoring the levels of housing benefit, otherwise known as Local Housing Allowance (LHA), so they truly cover market rents has the potential to prevent more than 6,000 households from being pushed into homelessness and also lift more than 35,000 children out of poverty in the next three years in the UK. As part of Crisis’ Cover the Cost campaign, new research released today, conducted by Alma Economics, outlines the three-year cost and benefit analysis of a Government investment of £3.3 billion in LHA for immediate net benefits of £2.1 billion (1). More specifically, the charity is calling for £820 million in the next year as part of upcoming spending decisions.


02/09/2019

What you can do

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