Published: 21st Sep 2017

The majority of councils and housing associations believe government welfare policies are undermining their efforts to tackle homelessness. Research published today by the Chartered Institute of Housing and the University of Sheffield shows 84% of councils and 70% of housing associations surveyed think welfare policies such as the benefit cap are ‘impacting negatively’ on their work in this area. In addition, 71% of housing associations and 72% of local authorities also said changes to funding levels were undermining the contribution they could make to tackling homelessness. When asked the most common reasons for housing associations rejecting nominations of homeless households, 49% of housing associations and 61% of councils said limited entitlement to welfare assistance was the most common reason. The report adds that a number of policies, which have been introduced since 2010 have ‘combined to create an environment that limits the availability of genuinely a affordable housing’. ’Alongside voluntary … (To read the full article, subscribe below)