14th Annual Homelessness Conference Presentations
Thursday 21st November saw the 14th Annual Homelessness Conference.
If you were at the conference and want to access all the presentations from the day (or missed out and want to see what was said) all presentations are now available online on the Events page.
Homeless Action Scotland today described an official European Report as a woeful misrepresentation of the UK’s welfare reforms drafted by people living in a parallel universe.
The official report from the EU’s Social Protection Committee describes the UK’s policy actions to improve access to housing and to reduce homelessness.
It says: ‘In the UK through the Housing Benefit, the government is monitoring market rents to track the impact on affordability of accommodation, monitoring and controlling growth of Housing Benefit in the private rented sector as well as in the social rented sector.’
Homeless Action Scotland Chief Exec Robert Aldridge said: ‘Quite apart from the description having no bearing whatsoever on reducing homelessness and improving access to housing, it gives a hugely distorted view of the UK government’s actions. It makes no mention of the impact of the bedroom tax reducing access to social housing for smaller households, benefit sanctions leading to greater indebtedness and homelessness, extending the Shared Accommodation Rate to 25 to 34 year olds which means many are having to leave their accommodation in the private rented sector, the impact of the benefits cap or indeed to the simple fact that in England homelessness has risen 30% since 2010.’
‘UK Government representatives were involved in the approval of this travesty of a document. They need to be held to account for producing information which is misleading and one sided, and the European Commission should pay proper regard to its duty to ensure the quality and accuracy of such documentation.’
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