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

Your action today can help us win this. Here's why.

By signing this petition you can send a clear message to those in power that we cannot stand by and let mass homelessness become a reality. We will use the petition to keep the pressure on politicians as we campaign for the action needed over the coming weeks and months ahead.
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“In 2021 there should be no one sleeping rough or being threatened with homelessness. It is a poor indictment of our society that homelessness is still is big issue.”
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“I think that housing requires strategic planning rather than being left to the money making ambitions of developers. This is partly a result of Council House sales. We need a large scale public housing programme.”
Jo K signed this petition
“Homelessness seems to get worse and worse with every passing year and as a rich country I do not know how this is happening. We need to look after each other and give people this vital security.”
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“This government policies and treatment if the most vunerable in our society, remembering what a wealthy country we live in, makes me ashamed to be British. Have the tory government absolutely no shame.”
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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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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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“This is heartbreaking. How did we get to this state??”
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“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.”