Published: 28th Aug 2020

There can be no doubt that the combined efforts of the government’s Everyone In scheme, homelessness charities and local authorities, have achieved huge amounts in homeless people during the pandemic, writes Katie Willy.  But as autumn beckons, questions remain about what support will be available in the future. And more importantly, will the predicted economic downturn will lead to more people losing their homes and push already-stretched services to breaking point? Ruth Jacob, a policy officer at the charity Crisis, says while local authorities and homelessness organisations are working very hard to help people move on to longer term accommodation or other temporary housing, there are concerns that the recent progress to get people off the streets will be undermined, particularly if some of the current legal restrictions on the support people can access remains in place. ‘Current legislation means that not everyone has a legal right to emergency accommodation … (To read the full article, subscribe below)