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THREE IN TEN WORKERS CONCERNED OVER REDUNDANCY

THREE IN TEN WORKERS CONCERNED OVER REDUNDANCY (Refuge / Emergency Accommodation)

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Three in ten (29%) British employees are concerned about being made redundant in the next 12 months, an Ipsos MORI survey for the homelessness charity St Mungo's has revealed, marking no improvement since the same question was asked last year.

There's LAO been no decrease either since last year in the proportion of British adults who are concerned about being forced to leave their home during the next 12 months due to falling behind on their mortgage or rent payments (14% - one in seven). This is despite a fall in the proportion saying they are concerned about their financial situation (from 52% in 2008 to 37% this year).

Of those Londoners who responded, 17% are concerned about being forced to leave their homes during the next 12 months due to falling behind on their mortgage or rent payments. 45% of Londoners are concerned about their current financial situation - compared to the national average of 37%.

Getting into debt, especially mortgage or rent arrears, is a recognised 'trigger' that can lead to homelessness. Around two thirds of St Mungo's residents in St Mungo's own poll said losing their job had contributed either directly or indirectly to their becoming homeless.

With up to 96% of its current clients not working, St Mungo's welcomed the Ipsos MORI research finding that almost three quarters (72%) of the British public believe the Government should give special help to homeless people to get them into employment. Such support is vital as it can take years for someone who has never worked or has been long term unemployed to find a job.

Charles Fraser, St Mungo's Chief Executive, said: "Losing your job, and falling behind on home payments, remains the spectre at the feast for many this Christmas and into 2010. While this survey highlights continuing general concern, it also shows overwhelming public recognition that homeless people need specialist support to get back into employment - we want this acted on by the Government.

"Homeless people are those already at the bottom of the employment ladder. From our own annual survey of around 1,400 St Mungo's residents, only 4% of those in our hostels have paid jobs. That compares to 86% 25 years ago.

"Of our clients, 15% have never worked at all and 68% have not worked in the last five years - a real indictment of the Government's failure to address long-term unemployment, and a tragic waste of talent and potential. Homeless people face a bleak future unless we really concentrate action and resources and enable them to find their way back through work, with the cost of inaction itself a burden on society as well as the individual."

The charity called on ministers to adopt an 'ABC - Action, Benefits and Commitment - approach to supporting homeless people in the journey from excluded lives rough sleeping on the streets into tax-paying citizens with a decent home and paid employment.

www.mungos.org


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