Sign Now To Help Stop Mass Homelessness

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Sign Now To Help Stop Mass Homelessness
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Unless we act, the UK is facing a homelessness crisis this autumn.

Thousands of families are facing evictions and repossessions as measures to protect families put in place during Covid end, Universal Credit is reduced, the furlough scheme ends and electricity and gas prices are due to rise.

Right now a family is made homeless every 3.5 hours - and that could rise even more without action.

It's a perfect storm of conditions that means the threat of mass homelessness later this year is a very real possibility. That's why the Big Issue has launched a major new campaign to stop mass homelessness.

We are making simple demands of government to prevent the immediate threat of mass homelessness:

  • Pay off £360m in rent arrears
  • Suspend no fault evictions until a Renters’ Reform Act is passed
  • Make permanent the £20 Universal Credit uplift
  • Improve access to Discretionary Housing Payment and unfreeze Local Housing Allowance

To address long-term challenges we also call for:

  • A Future Generations Act to end short-term thinking of government policy
  • Expand social housing and encourage innovative ways to increase housing stock
  • Improve support for financial literacy education
  • Increase support for ethical property and letting firms
  • Invest to create new green jobs
  • For more information, visit bigissue.com/stop-mass-homelessness
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Chris C signed this petition
“Action needed now. I fully support what the Big Issue is doing to prevent a crisis”
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Beatriz F signed this petition
“Everyone should have a roof to live under.”
Rachael C signed this petition
“It is a great concert considering there are already so many people without homes, causing increased vulnerability.”
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Andrew R signed this petition
“This definitely needs to be addressed. It is discrimination by omission via public policy which has not been properly scrutinised.”
Jo W signed and offered support
“It’s really worrying as I have seen the big rise in homelessness where I work”
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Sue B signed this petition
“People should not be homeless in a civilised society. I want our government to recognise that it needs to take positive action to prevent people becoming homeless and for everyone to be able to pay for the costs of housing and fuel.”
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Sarah M signed this petition
“I am appalled by the current situation. Why is it that we can not solve homelessness in a supposedly rich country . Many shops and properties are left empty . We have many very rich people who could help .”
Mike B signed and offered support
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Geri B signed this petition
“Awful, I’ve been living abroad for 10 years and each time I’ve come back to visit there are more people on the streets sleeping out in the cold. And we call ourselves a 1st world country.,.”
Kathleen D signed this petition
“I believe that homelessness is modern day genocide, people are dieing on our streets it is immoral, everyone should have a roof over their head and food ,what has Britain become, why are people allowing this to happen. Not enough people care until it affects them or their loved ones. To say that it is their own fault lacks any emphaty or compassion ,it is a problem that should not exist in this day and age it is surely reminiscent of victorian times”
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Iain M has helped recruit 39 more signatures and 4 more supporters so far!
“The Government must act now. The 'everyone in' initiative at the start of the pandemic demonstrated they really can make a difference if they choose to act. And they must act now to stop a wave of mass homelessness...”
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Nancy P has helped recruit 12 more signatures and 4 more supporters so far!
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Charlie R has helped recruit 11 more signatures and 2 more supporters so far!
“When some people have actually managed to get richer during the pandemic it is atrocious that many more will become homeless through no fault of their own.”
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Jazmine S has helped recruit 7 more signatures and 4 more supporters so far!
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Jan B has helped recruit 4 more signatures and 2 more supporters so far!
“This is heartbreaking. How did we get to this state??”
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Francesca S has helped recruit 4 more signatures so far!
“I am about to be made homeess with my 2 chldren and my dog. I work PT for The Big Issue and I have a complex history which I have been stable from for 10 years. The fixed LHA is making it impossible for me to find rental accommodation in the area which I have rebuilt my life over the last 10 years. Let alone all private agents stating that the will not accept DSS or pets, depite legislations being passed ot make that illegal, they have found loopholes and because the market is so competitive, I as a single woman will never find a private landlord willing to take me.”