Today, the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee published its report on the welfare safety net , finding that it is not fit for purpose for people living on the breadline.
It highlights the dire impact of welfare reforms that are ‘…pushing some people not only into poverty but into hunger and destitution’.
Ewan Aitken, Chief Executive Officer of Cyrenians, said:
“Poverty is a significant background factor in routes into homelessness – locking people into a daily struggle to put food on the table, make ends meet, or imagine and plan for a different future.
“All of us rely on publicly funded services and support systems – these, such as our welfare safety net, are especially important for people who are struggling. Relationship breakdown, unemployment, and losing a tenancy can pull people into poverty – our welfare safety net is there to lift people up when things are tough, and to enable them to move on from adversity to lead a valued and fulfilling life.
“A recent study from the Social Mobility Commission shows that, across the UK, 4 million people are living in deep poverty . It should be no surprise to learn that findings from an inquiry into the welfare safety net, published today, show that it is not fit for purpose. We welcome the efforts of the Scottish Government to mitigate against the negative impacts of welfare reform – such as the Scottish Child Payment, which will help lift children and families out of poverty – but even with such measures, UK-wide changes will continue to have a significant impact on those most vulnerable. We urge the new UK Prime Minister to listen to the findings of the inquiry, and take urgent action to tackle this injustice.”
 Social Metrics Commission report, as reported in The Guardian