Communities and Local Government Select Committee report on homelessness says that social security cuts and affordable housing shortages will exacerbate England’s housing crisis.
The Tory Government’s failure to provide enough housing and support for the most vulnerable people in our society is having a devastating effect.
It’s no wonder homelessness is on the rise, with the current shortfall of supported housing units set to double by the end of the Parliament.
Supported housing services provide a safe and secure home for vulnerable people to live independent, healthy and fulfilling lives, and saves £640 million a year by helping to keep people out of overstretched health, care and other sectors.
The Government needs to stop the cut in funding to supported housing providers, including homeless shelters, and not go ahead with the cap on the Local Housing Allowance slipped through in the Autumn Statement last year.
Communities and Local Government Committee report can be found here.
Note: The National Housing Federation (NHF) has estimated that the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap alone will mean 156,000 specialist homes will be forced to close, and that in addition to stopping 2,400 new homes being completed, a further 9,270 homes planned for construction have now been cancelled.