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.
Matthew Downie, Director of Policy and External Affairs at Crisis said: “Universal Credit is a much needed way of simplifying our complicated benefits system, but we can’t ignore the significant complications its roll-out is having.