One in four worried about losing their home
A poll by a homelessness charity has found that one in four people in Britain are worried about losing their home.
The YouGov survey on behalf of Crisis shows that one in four are also worried they could get into difficulties with rent or mortgage payments in the coming months - with six per cent already admitting to struggling with payments.
The poll also asked what help people felt they should expect if they became homeless themselves.
More than half - 57 per cent - believed they should be able to get short term emergency accommodation and that the council should help them find somewhere more permanent to stay.
Three quarters felt there should be a change in the current law so that councils have to provide advice, assistance and emergency accommodation to single homeless people.
Chief executive of Crisis Leslie Morphy said: ‘The evidence that the current system is not working for single homeless people really strikes home.
‘If homelessness is not enough to spur the government into action then public concern should be.
‘We would all like to think that should the worst happen then there would be help available for us - now is the time for ministers to change the law so single homeless people get the help they need.’
The polling backs Crisis’ new campaign, No One Turned Away, which is calling for a change in the law so that no one should be forced to sleep rough because they have been turned away from their local council.