The number of households in Calderdale accepted as statutory homeless had been decreasing steadily for several years until 2012, but over the past few years the local picture has reflected the rising national trend, and the numbers are once again on the increase. The most common reason for the loss of the last settled home, amongst those accepted as homeless by Calderdale Council, is domestic violence and this is the picture regardless of household type.
Voluntary sector services have also seen an increase in referrals over the past three years and for some services demand is considerably outstripping supply.
This is resulting in longer waiting times for support and increased inability of organisations to accept referrals made to them.
The effects of Universal Credit and changes to disability benefits will not be known for some time. We have however been reliably informed by local charities that the number of landlords willing to accept those on Universal Credit is declining, which may lead to further homelessness presentations.
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