Citizens Advice Stockport responds to the National Audit Office report on Homelessness saying “advice and information services play a key role in reducing and preventing homelessness”.
Steve Hughes, operations manager at Citizens Advice Stockport said:
“It is no surprise that the report finds that homelessness by all measures has increased since 2010-11 reporting a “substantial and unprecedented rise” since 2010 – you only have to walk the streets of our big cities and towns to visibly see the increase.
“This country is going through one of the biggest welfare reform programmes it has ever seen, at a time when private renting costs are rising, there is a shortage of local authority and social landlord housing and people’s personal budgets are stretched.
“Homelessness costs all services, including Citizens Advice services, lots of money but our experience is that homelessness is as a result of another problem, should that be a relationship problem, debt problem or substance misuse problem.
“Services including advice and information services play a key role in reducing and preventing homelessness by tackling the root cause of the problem and it is important that we are included as part of the solution.”