ONS figures on homelessness trends – one in four people who are homeless are working

Jessica Rose, employment campaign manager at Business in the Community responds to new figures by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) which show that the number of people living in temporary accommodation is rising in England:
 
"With a quarter of people at risk of homelessness coming from working households, it's clear that homelessness is now a major issue for workplaces around the country. As people face mounting pressures such as housing costs and financial insecurity, responsible employers can play a role in preventing these pressures from turning into a crisis.
 
"Employers can ensure that they are doing what they can to prevent homelessness among existing staff and provide the environment for new starters to sustain employment by offering good work, work including fair pay and benefits; job security and flexibility; and training and progression opportunities.
 
"The employers we have worked with in our Ready for Work programme have seen how removing barriers to work and supporting people along their pathway to employment can rebuild lives while delivering employee engagement and creating a pipeline of diverse talent."
 
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Media contact:
 
Cathy Beveridge, media and external affairs manager, Business in the Community, Tel: 07776181945, Email: cathy.beveridge@bitc.org.uk
 
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Business in the Community is the oldest and largest business-led membership organisation dedicated to responsible business. We were created nearly 40 years ago by HRH The Prince of Wales to champion responsible business. 
 
We inspire, engage and challenge members and we mobilise that collective strength as a force for good in society to: 
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