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New research shows access schemes' ability to help homeless and vulnerably housed people find and sustain tenancies in the private rented sector is being seriously undermined by far-reaching reforms and cuts to Local Housing Allowance (LHA).
Research report: No room available: study of the availability of shared accommodation
Crisis carried out a 'mystery shopping' exercise to see what the private rental market looked like for single people aged up to 35 on housing benefit in Birmingham, Leeds and the London Borough of Lewisham. The findings are remarkable and depressing.
Research report: The homelessness monitor: Scotland 2012
The Homelessness Monitor: Scotland 2012 is the first report of a four-year longitudinal study that provides a 'baseline' account of how homelessness stands in Scotland in 2012. The study monitors the impact of the economic downturn and policy developments on homelessness in Scotland.
Response to government: Crisis response to The Work Capability Assessment: A Call for Evidence: Year 3 Independent Review
Outlines Crisis' concerns regarding the Work Capability Assessment and suggests ways in which the process could be improved
Response to government: Crisis response to the SSAC consultation on the Universal Credit Regulations 2012
Crisis response to consultation on Universal Credit regulations. Outlines significant concerns around how the new system will work.
Response to government: Crisis response to the Homelessness (Suitability of Accommodation) (England) Order 2012 consultation
Crisis response to consultation on suitability criteria for when local authorities discharge their homelessness duty into the private rented sector.
Response to government: Crisis response to the Scottish Government consultation on a strategy for the Private Rented Sector
Crisis welcomes this consultation as an important and timely step towards dealing with some of the problems with the private rented sector and developing a long term strategy.
Response to government: Crisis submission to the Montague review of barriers to institutional investment in private rented homes
Institutional investment has the potential to increase supply of private rented homes and to drive up standards. As well as considering taxation regimes, other financial incentives for potential investors and planning issues. This review offers an opportunity to consider wider market failures and the PRS market conditions which may discourage or put barriers in the way of investment.
Response to government: Crisis response to the DCLG consultation on allocation of accommodation: guidance for local authorities in England
The Localism Act has made significant changes to the way that social housing is allocated and this guidance will be essential to enable local authorities to develop new allocations schemes. Although the consultation is aimed at housing authorities, we are responding to ensure that the guidance takes into account the needs of homeless households.
Response to government: Crisis' response to New Challenges, New Chances
Crisis' response to New Challenges, New Chances: Next Steps in implementing the Further Education Reform Programme: Review of Informal Adult and Community Learning