Government cuts increasing homelessness - new report
13 September 2017
We believe government welfare cuts are largely to blame for the UK’s homelessness crisis. Now, the National Audit Office is saying the same.
Today, the National Audit Office accused the government of taking a ‘light touch approach’ to the problem.
The criticism was in relation to how little the government works with local councils to help people who are homeless.
The National Audit Office also said the government hasn’t evaluated the impact of its welfare cuts on homelessness.
The situation in Kent
Porchlight’s rough sleeper team monitors the number of people on the streets of Kent. Between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017, they found:
- 707 people (all ages) compared to 509 the previous year – a rise of 38%
- Of these, 134 people were aged 25 or under compared to 78 the previous year – a rise of 71%.
Our chief executive, Mike Barrett, said this is a result of the government’s welfare cuts and the irresponsible housing policies of successive governments over the past 30 years.