Depaul welcomes fall in rough sleeping | Depaulcharity

Depaul welcomes fall in rough sleeping | Depaulcharity

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Depaul welcomes fall in rough sleeping

January 31st, 2019

Homelessness charity Depaul UK has welcomed the fall in rough sleeping in Government figures released today (31 January 2019) – while warning that problems with Universal Credit could hit progress.      

Depaul UK CEO Mike Thiedke said: “While it is good news that the number of people sleeping on our streets has gone down by two percent, it’s still completely unacceptable that thousands of people are having to sleep rough every night in one of the world’s richest countries.

“Rough sleeping will not end unless issues with the benefits system are sorted out. Universal Credit should be helping people to escape homelessness but, instead, it is trapping people on the streets, preventing them from finding a safe place to live.

“Depaul UK calls on the Government to scrap the cruel five-week wait for people’s first Universal Credit payments.”

He added: “Research by Depaul UK and others shows that wider cuts to the benefits system also explains the high level of rough sleeping, as does the shortage of affordable accommodation.

“Depaul UK’s 2018 Life on the Streets report found that in the 40 local authorities in England with the highest number of 18-to-25-years-olds sleeping rough, only 57 private rented rooms were available to the 225 young homeless people sleeping on the street every night. This is in part due to welfare reforms that have limited the amount of housing benefit young people can claim.

“We often work with young people who don’t have a roof over their head. They are extremely vulnerable, and can suffer physical or sexual abuse when left without a safe place to stay.”

* The statistics – which are available here – relate to the number of people sleeping rough on a single night in autumn 2018. The figure fell by two percent compared with the previous year but is 165 percent higher than the figure for 2010.


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