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32 Homelessness Charities Write to the Chancellor

21 October 2022

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In a recent poll conducted by Homeless Link of over 70 homelessness charities, one in four respondents replied stating they feared the cost-of-living crisis risked the closure of their service.

Today P3 Charity CEO Mark Simms has joined the sector to call for an uplift in line with inflation to help keep the homelessness sector afloat.

A signatory to an open letter to Jeremy Hunt, Mark Simms stands with 32 charities to urge the Chancellor to increase funding for people experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping services when he announces his Medium-Term Fiscal Statement at the end of this month.

In the letter the homelessness sector warn that “recent history” shows cuts to public spending will lead to an increase in homelessness:

“When significant cuts to public spending are made, homelessness and rough sleeping increase.”

They cite the 168 per cent increase in rough sleeping that resulted from the last round of austerity in 2010 and argue that without an uplift in funding:

“Services will be operating under a real terms cut at a time of sharply rising demand, with many people bound to fall through the widening cracks as a result.”

Read more about the letter in I News HERE.