Landlords call for cash to prevent homelessness
The government should make extra funding available to prevent people becoming homeless until the economy improves, a report by a group of housing associations has said.
The report, Localism, welfare reform and market change, was published by the North Area Social Housing Forum today.
It says that the government’s welfare reforms, which will cap and simplify benefits, were designed on the assumption that 2.5 million new private sector jobs would be created during this parliament, but this growth in jobs has not materialised.
The report, written by consultants Brendan Nevin and Philip Leather, says: ‘The welfare and housing benefit reform programme combined will therefore incur greater social costs than originally envisaged.
‘The government should therefore consider transitional funding to assist the most vulnerable groups to maintain accommodation until job creation resumes and provide resources for advice and assistance to those who may have to move home as a result of the changes.’
The report also says:
- In the disadvantaged locations the collapse in market activity will stall urban renewal.
- Cuts in public subsidy in areas with a surplus of property are likely to cause a fall in rents and sales values.
- The economic crisis means young people on benefits are less likely to increase their income to remain in their home.