Work and Pensions

Profound demographic change and the transformation of welfare will underpin the domestic public policy debate for decades.

Reform brings considerable expertise and insight into these critical areas, currently administered by the UK’s largest public service department with around 19 million claimants and customers. Understanding these important public policy drivers will play a key role when addressing public service reform in health, care, housing, income and for intergenerational fairness issues.

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New homelessness statistics show need for long-term funding not short-term fixes, says think tank

Commenting on the Government’s statutory homelessness figures, Dr Luke Heselwood, Senior Reform Researcher, said:

“The 10 per cent increase in the number of households who are homelessness or at risk of homelessness is damning. Although the number of people who have secure accommodation has also risen, it does not meet demand. Too many people are stranded in temporary accommodation, which is insecure and costly to the taxpayer.

“Short-term thinking and funding has blighted homelessness services. While the £54 million increase in funding announced in the Government’s spending round last week is welcome, it will only be a short-term fix to firefight an issue which requires long-term solutions.

“Longer-term funding for councils is needed, which will allow them to offer people support and advice long before they are at risk of homelessness.”

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