Risk of more homelessness in North Lincolnshire as welfare cuts loom, campaigners say
Charities across Yorkshire and Humber are reporting that deprived communities are already feeling the effect of welfare reforms, even though the biggest changes are a month away.
An Involve Yorkshire and Humber report published today shows that voluntary and community organisations are already seeing changes that they attribute to recent and imminent changes to benefits such as housing benefit, council tax benefit and the benefits cap.
- 95% reported an increase in anxiety about income among clients
- 87% an increase in debt problems
- 84% an increase in poverty
- 82% had seen an increase in enquiries about benefits
- 57% an increase in homelessness
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The report is based on the results of a survey answered by more than 180 voluntary and community organisations and also found that 78% of respondents believe that economic conditions for the voluntary and community sector will deteriorate over the next 12 months.
Judy Robinson, chief executive of Involve Yorkshire & Humber, said: "It is truly frightening that charities are already seeing such increases in homelessness and poverty when the most dramatic benefits changes are yet to come. Voluntary and community groups are at the frontline of helping those who are struggling to cope and we must listen carefully to what they are saying is happening."
The Government says the reforms will make the welfare system more effective, end a culture of dependency and help cut the deficit.