On Monday 6th July, Crisis wrote to the Prime Minister in a letter co-signed by over 40 other homelessness and migrant organisations across the country.
St Petrocs’ are proud to be one of the forty organisations who are standing together to urge the government to pass an emergency law to help the homeless during this pandemic.
An Excerpt from the letter reads;
We urge the Government to act on this unique opportunity to end rough sleeping and protect those likely to face it in the near future, as the economic impact of the pandemic takes hold, by introducing legislation that:
• Ensures everyone with nowhere safe to stay has access to emergency accommodation by introducing a duty, backed by funding, for local authorities in England to provide emergency accommodation over the next 12 months.
• Lifts the ‘no recourse to public funds’ restrictions for 12 months so people can access Universal Credit and homelessness assistance, and also suspends the habitual residence test for the same length of time.
• Protects people from being evicted from their homes through no fault of their own if they have been unable to pay their rent as a result of the outbreak.
• Suspends the benefit cap to prevent people from becoming homeless if they are unable to return to work in the next few months.
You can read the letter in full on the Crisis website