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HOUSING INSTITUTE ATTACKS SINGLE MOTHER PROPOSALS

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Removing protection of single parent mothers under homelessness legislation, as proposed this week by Sir George Yo...
Removing protection of single parent mothers under homelessness legislation, as proposed this week by Sir George Young, risks recreating the condition of the 1960s which made transients of the homelessness, the Chartered Institute of Housing has warned.

'Making the duty to rehouse only temporary could create a merry-go-round of renewed homelessness applications every six months, with families moved from one temporary home to another', institute policy director John Perry said.

'Reducing the obligation to single parent families will increase administration costs; it is also likely to increase the reliance on expensive hostel places', Mr Perry said. 'Higher housing benefit bills could be expected with a greater use of private rented housing.

'The Children Act 1989 puts the welfare of children at the forefront of councils' duties; tampering with their protection under homelessness legislation could create a legal minefield.

'The majority of people presenting themselves as homeless are in genuine housing need; changing the law will not make them disappear'.
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