Nearly half of UK bosses would fire workers if they found out they were homeless, study finds

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Almost half of bosses would consider firing a worker if they found out they were homeless, according to a new report.

A survey of 250 employers in the UK found that 42 percent – four in ten – “would likely seek to terminate an employee’s contract” if it was discovered that they did not have a job. Permanent Address.

Meanwhile, more than half – 56 percent – of employers said homelessness “would likely have a detrimental effect on the employment of a current employee,” while an additional 58 percent admitted that Being homeless would likely have a negative impact on a job seeker’s chances.

While the study found cases of companies offering support to their employers – either through time off or loans to find housing – several participants said they were made redundant when their situation arose with little or no no reasoning, reports the Daily Record.

Report, from charity Crisis, highlights the “negative impact” of homelessness on the physical, mental and emotional well-being of people, “exacerbated by the constant struggle to try to keep them homeless secrecy and makes daily activities like eating, sleeping and bathing extremely difficult to manage. “

Interviews with people who have been unemployed and homeless over the past two years also formed the basis of the study.

The highest proportion – 25% – of working households facing homelessness was in the east of England, closely followed by London, where “the challenges of high rents and a lack of affordable housing remain pervasive. , According to the report.

Bracknell Forest in Berkshire and Hyndburn in Lancashire had the highest number of workers at risk or facing homelessness compared to the rest of England.

Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, said: ‘It should shame all of us that this Christmas tens of thousands of people across Britain – many of whom have protected us during the pandemic by delivering our packages, filling our shelves with food and teaching our children – are forced to squat in vans or sleep in icy tents because they cannot afford a roof over their heads.

“For too long now, insecure low-paying jobs combined with soaring housing costs have put indescribable pressure on people across the UK.

“We have to make sure that work can provide a reliable path out of poverty, otherwise it will continue to be an inhuman and devastating reality for many.”

He added: “It’s crucial that everyone plays their part in tackling homelessness, and that includes companies and employers who provide the right support to staff when they are going through tough times.

“We also need UK governments to tackle the root causes that are pushing people to the brink – starting with the thawing of housing benefits so people can afford to pay their rent and build the social housing we desperately need, so low-income people can have their own homes.

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