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Homeless: sanction risk doubles

January 1st 2016

Homeless people are twice as likely to be sanctioned as other benefit claimants, according to a new Crisis report.

The report is based on a survey of 1,000 people in hostels and day centres in 21 cities, plus 42 in-depth interviews.

Of those interviewed: 21 per cent reported becoming homeless as a result of sanctions; 16 per cent said they had been forced to sleep rough; 77 per cent had gone hungry or skipped meals; 75 per cent said it negatively affected their mental health; 64 per cent had gone without heating; and 60 per cent found it harder to look for work.

“Too often, the system didn’t take their circumstances or aspirations into account,” said Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, “and instead seemed to treat them with mistrust.”


Jan/Feb 2016



Call to open buildings

Surviving homelessness

Surviving the streets

Getting off the streets

Body and soul

Making move-on work

Voices of the street: what we can learn from Brazil

Make coffee for change

Young Scots struggle

Bin death warning

The Spice ain’t nice

Homeless: sanction risk doubles

Prof Green on homelessness

Landlord fine for eviction

Advice: self-harm


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