Communicating about housing the UK: obstacles, openings, and emerging recommendations

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Many people in the UK already know the key problems that need solving in the field of housing. But there are commonly held beliefs and attitudes which stand in the way of social change.

This brief identifies those beliefs and explores what they mean for researchers and advocates in the housing sector. It offers recommendations to address obstacles and leverage openings in public thinking.

The scale, causes, and impacts of homelessness among EEA Citizens

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Over the past decade, the scale of homelessness and housing difficulties among EEA citizens across the UK has become a growing concern. These concerns have been exacerbated by the twin challenges of Covid-19 and the end of EU free movement rules. As a society, we must make sure that everyone can access help to prevent or resolve their homelessness, regardless of where they are from. This research shows this is not the case for far too many EEA citizens living in the UK. The accompanying policy report sets out a bold new vision that ensures everyone experiencing homelessness has a route to move into safe and stable housing.

Taking too much? The experience of benefit deductions to pay for energy and other debts

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If they do fall into debt, one way people on Universal Credit can manage their repayments is through third party deductions. This means that if someone is in debt to their energy supplier, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) takes money directly from their benefit payment and gives it to the energy supplier. People using deductions pay a fixed amount each week to cover their debt and a further amount to cover their ongoing energy usage.