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Summer Economic Statement 2020 – Crisis response

The Chancellor has today outlined the Government’s spending plans for the country’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, said: “Given the considerable progress we have seen towards tackling homelessness over the course of the pandemic, it is disappointing to see the Government now drop the ball on such a crucial opportunity to make the changes desperately needed to end homelessness for good in this country. 

“It is vital that Government seize the opportunity to prevent anyone else from becoming homeless as a result of the economic pressures of the pandemic, with measures embedded within the plans for recovery. Investment in social housing, suspending the benefit cap and making the increase in housing benefit a permanent fixture are all crucial to this. Homelessness is not, and should not, be an inevitable part of our society - we must build on the progress made towards ending homelessness for good.”