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Welfare policies undermining efforts to tackle homelessness

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The government’s welfare policies are hampering efforts to tackle homelessness, according to most councils and housing associations.

Research by the Chartered Institute of Housing and the University of Sheffield shows 84% of the 106 councils surveyed and 70% of the 50 housing associations surveyed think welfare policies like the lower benefit cap are impacting negatively on their work together to tackle homelessness. 

Of the local authorities surveyed, 72% said changes to funding levels were undermining the contribution they could make to tackling homelessness.

Nearly half (49%) of housing associations and 61% of local authorities said a household’s limited entitlement to welfare assistance, meaning someone would be unable to afford their home, was the most common reason why people were being turned down for housing association homes. 

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