Published: 15th May 2019

A homeless man. Credit: Graf Spee Nine out of 10 councils across England say that benefits freezes are leaving people living in their areas at risk of homelessness, a new report has warned. Cuts and freezes to Local Housing Allowance and other housing benefits are leaving residents on the lowest incomes unable to meet their living costs, it said. The Homelessness Monitor: England, commissioned by Crisis and the Joseph Roundtree Foundation (JRF) and led by Heriot-Watt University, found local authorities reporting a growing need for their homelessness services with seven out of 10 experiencing a rise in demand in the last year. The charities behind the report have urged the Department of Work and Pensions to restore LHA rates to make sure that residents can stay in their homes and to ensure investment in social housing in the long-term. Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, said: … (To read the full article, subscribe below)