Welfare Reform in the North East: Impact on Single Homelessness Response from NHC Jo Boaden
“As welfare reform takes effect, low-income tenants and social landlords – two of the groups most directly affected – become a barometer of its impact. The ripple effect in communities is huge” (JRF 2014)
Facts & Figures Analysis of data sets (P1E returns) for the year shows single homelessness steadily increasing as a % of total homelessness – rising from 47% in quarter 1 through to almost 53% in q3. Interestingly the national data set shows a similar increase but a much lower proportion – starting from 19% through to 22%.
Concerns across the membership DHP just a temporary fix Sustainability of services Compounded financial impacts, as Welfare Reform unfolds – still more to come! Poverty and Health and Wellbeing Sanctions Maximising joint working Planning accordingly Capacity of RP’s
Concerns (2) More to come Implementation of Universal Credit HB cut for under 25’s Not see the full impact for years to come........ Capacity across all sectors
Sector’s Response Maximising tenants income Early intervention Employment and enterprise Wider financial services Building resilience Partnerships
Further Support Required Definition A more systematic approach to recording Effective partnerships to support the most vulnerable Not just about accommodation – wrap around services Supporting individuals with high and complex needs