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.
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.
There is an immediate and effective way the UK Government could relieve the pressure on people on low incomes: increase housing benefit so it covers the true cost of rent.
In order for employment support to be successful, it needs to meet the needs of jobseekers with tailored assistance, not the risk of losing a home.
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