Politicians have ignored the housing emergency, they have not built enough social homes and now homelessness is at a record high. Thousands of people are stuck in poor-quality, over priced housing that’s taking a devastating toll on our physical and mental health. This is England’s housing emergency and it’s getting worse.
No, it’s not a November heatwave - but it is 36,600 Shelter campaigners successfully winning an end to the housing benefit freeze that will bring down record levels of homelessness. Even better! 😎
Today the chancellor has finally seen sense and announced in his Autumn Statement that he will be ending the three-year-long freeze on housing benefits.
massively help people who have been struggling with shortfalls to their rent
prevent homelessness by helping people to afford a new home if they have to move
help people who are homeless to get out of temporary accommodation and into a settled home ✔️
However, people need help now and delaying this measure until April next year is not good enough. It will leave many families facing a nerve-wracking winter with soaring rents and the looming threat of homelessness, or trapped in temporary accommodation.
So we will be calling on the government to urgently bring the end of the freeze forward.
One thing is for sure though, today’s news wouldn’t have been possible without you.
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has a choice to make.
Will he fail to protect renters by keeping housing benefit frozen? Or will he do what's needed?
We stand with thousands of others who have emailed their MP demanding change. With 900,000 households facing shortfalls in their rent.
Alongside 131,000 children who are homeless with their families this winter.
The more of us calling for change, the harder we are to ignore.
Dear Mr Sunak,
The homelessness situation is dire and living rough in all this rain is certainly not, as your home secretary suggested, "a lifestyle choice”.
I except that money does not grow on trees, but it is mismanagement of money that is causing the problem, not the lack of it. Taxpayers’ money is being wasted on expensive temporary accommodation whereas if housing benefit was increased to a level that allowed homeless people to rent it would be cheaper. In my area the temporary accommodation costs 3 times more than the monthly housing benefit allowance. How does this make economic or moral sense? The only people really benefiting are the temporary accommodation providers.
I accept that landlords often have mortgages, and these have gone up, but there needs to be a solution that benefits all and I think increasing housing benefit and ensuring it is paid direct to landlords could go a long way. I accept that it was your predecessor that sold off the social housing but there has been plenty of time to remedy the situation since then which successive governments have failed to do.
If you are serious about the welfare of this country now is the time to act on this issue.
Chair of Trustees HUG
Dear Ms Braverman
You recently quoted Shelter as having said "no one should be punished for being homeless" yet you are campaigning to remove tents from the streets.
No one would choose to live on the streets unless they were forced to do so. The situation we have reached in this country, with little or no affordable housing, housing benefit levels that are no where near the cost of rents, and landlords setting an unrealistic acceptable income level, often too much even for people in full time work to achieve, is scandalous.
The waste of money paying £300+ a week for a temporary accommodation room, which are often sub-standard, far outweighs the monthly housing benefit allowance of £500 a month, and thousands if not millions of people are in this situation. The total waste of taxpayers money should weigh heavily on the government's conscience. Currently the beneficiaries are the temporary accommodation providers and not the homeless.
Your party has pledged to end homelessness. When are we going to see any action that would make charities like ours feel that this is a serious commitment and have hope for a better future?
Chair of Trustees HUG
See HUGs Response
A poll of over 70 homelessness charities found that one in four feared the cost of living crisis risked their service having to shut down. Charities point to Government figures that show rough sleeping increased by 168% between 2010 and 2017, when ministers pursued an austerity agenda. More than 30 homelessness charities have warned the Government that services for people with nowhere to live or fleeing domestic abuse could be forced to close if their funding is not increased in line with inflation.
In an open letter to Jeremy Hunt, and shared with 32 charities, urge the Chancellor to increase funding for homelessness and rough sleeping services when he announced his Medium-Term Fiscal Statement at the end of this month, amid warnings that Government departments will be forced to make cuts. Instead of cutting funding for homelessness services, funding must be increased in line with inflation to ensure charities can cope with the increased demand caused by the cost of living crisis. With inflation now in double digits, Homeless Link CEO, Rick Henderson, said charities were “simply asking for an uplift in funding to mirror rising costs and help us provide meaningful, person-centred support to all those who need it“. He added, “If the Chancellor does not uplift the funding package, real-terms cuts to homelessness budgets today will continue to be felt years down the line, both by those pushed into insecurity and the public purse.”
Today, on World Homeless Day 2022, we are reminding the government that it “can” solve the housing emergency.
We have delivered your message to Prime Minister Liz Truss.
We have been collecting messages from thousands of campaigners, telling the government to get a grip on the housing emergency. Today on World Homeless Day, we went to Number 10 to hand them in.
Thousands of people are on the brink of homelessness with sky-high rents, not enough social homes and the cost of living crises. The previous government made lots of promises about fixing this, so we are reminding PM Liz Truss about it, as they’re the promises that won the government a majority.
Pass the Social Housing Regulation Bill to finally put social tenants safety first
Level Up by building social housing
Bring forward the Renters Reform Bill to give renters the rights and security they need
End rough sleeping by 2024
Social housing has been neglected and underfunded for too long. There are now almost 60,000 homeless families trapped in unstable temporary accommodation, moving from one stopgap place to the next, making it even harder to get back on their feet. Private renters are at their wit’s end. This can’t go on.
By speaking up, you’re showing the government that these problems need to be acted on now. Thank you for being a part of this movement.
With the new 52p/kWh electric cap this is what things will roughly cost.
1 kWh Fan heater/ electric radiator = 52p/hour
2 kWh Fan heater/ electric heater = £1.04/hour
3 kWh Immersion heater = £1.56/hour
5w LED Light bulb = 0.26p/hour
40w Electric blanket = 2p/hour
60w Light bulb = 3.12p/hour
8KG washing machine (A rating) = 26p/cycle
8KG washing machine (D rating) = 55p/cycle
Tumble dryer - Heat pump - (A rating) = £1.13/cycle
Tumble dryer - Condenser - (C rating) = £2.33/cycle
Oven = 52p/hour
Electric Hob Halogen per ring = 85p/hour
Electric Hob Induction per ring = £1.00/hour (surprising?)
Microwave 900w = 47p/hour
200w Slow Cooker = 10p/hour
42’ TV = 6p/hour
Computer Monitor = 1p/hour
Xbox One S = 6p/hour
PS4 = 7p/hour
Amazon Echo Dot = 0.2p/hour
Sonos One = 0.7p/hour
Google Nest Mini Speaker = 0.2p/hour
Laptop = 2.5p/hour
American Style Fridge Freezer = 2.5p/hour, 60p/day
Freestanding Fridge Freezer = 1.45p/hour, 35p/day
Under Counter Fridge = 0.6p/hour, 16p/day
7.5 kWh Electric Shower = 6.5p/minute
9 kWh Electric Shower = 7.8p/minute
10.8 kWh Shower = 9.3p/minute
Electric Kettle = 2p/min
In May 2022, we had a birthday celebration for Betty, one of our guest. We had a cake with candles, a card signed by all and we sang happy birthday to Betty.
On Easter Saturday we provided a special dinner at our usual opening time. A full roast dinner and pudding along with a Easter Egg 🥚 on the side. This was well received by our guest.
In May 2021, we had an advertising display at the Nationwide Building Society to raise awareness of our service.
We work with a young lady with multiple allergies, who is unable to live in a property without considerable adaptations being done. She has a bungalow and adaptations have been agreed and are about to commence. In the meanwhile HUG has bought, erected, and adapted a shed in the garden where she is able to sleep.
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