Housing The Homeless Would In Fact Save Taxpayers Big Time

Letting homeless people sleep on the streets has never made sense morally.


As well, as the frequent severe social, psychological and physical toll that homelessness has on people, a range of monetary costs embrace failed tenancies, health and substance abuse difficulties and an extended association with A&E departments.

Entanglement with the police and criminal justice system, as desolate people are usually in more danger of coming into association with the criminal justice system and being prey to crime. As well as, continued unemployment and costs of welfare benefits and the financial inactivity.


Expenditure in response to homelessness is located across a span of government budgets. It can embrace, for instance, the costs of furnishing hostels and other temporary accommodation, with differing measures of assistance.

Maintenance to assist people to live without support and maintain tenancies in their own homes, and physical and mental health care assistances and substance misuse help.

A National Audit Office report in 2005 evaluated that the country spends about £1 billion a year to prevent and deal with homelessness. This embraces central and local government spending on administration, accommodation and assistance to desolate people, but disbars indirect expenses to government, arising from health or benefits.


A 2009 CLG reports on the economic benefits of the Supporting People (SP) programme looked at the cost effectiveness of spending on accommodation related support services for a range of client groups, including homeless people. This estimated that the net financial benefits from the SP programme are £3.41 billion per annum opposed to an overall investment of £1.61 billion. The associated report exhibits net benefits by cost classification, embracing accommodation, health and social services, crime costs, etc.

Approximated cumulative yearly costs of maintaining single homeless people in almost 13,000 units of temporary accommodations was about £107 million. Supplying SP assistances gave an approximated pecuniary benefit of £97 million each year.

The estimated total yearly cost of maintaining single homeless people in around 26,000 units of permanent accommodation was about £130 million. Providing SP helps gave a predicted economic benefit of £31 million each year.

In 2008, Crisis issued reports on the costs of providing private rented accommodation schemes for homeless people.

Would it not make better fairness to house impoverished people that are living on the streets, and would it not cost the government not as much funds to achieve this?

Nevertheless, I say this casually, as there appear to be more and more people that will end up on the streets with their families since Iain Duncan Smith’s demented notion that bedroom tax would be a good thing to institute, making people give up their dwellings on account of, that evidently they live in homes that are considerably too large for them, for smaller dwellings, that appear to be not abundant.

If one establishes a statute that claims that people are residing in properties that are too big for them, would it not make sense to make certain that there is suitable accommodation for them first? After all, you can’t fit a square peg into a round hole, and if you wish to fit a square peg into a round hole, then one would have to remodel it to make it fit, and the likewise for housing.

I frequently question why we in fact have to have Mr Joe Public on the streets because I’ve never looked upon them any differently from anyone else. We all have difficulties, some more than others, but that does not mean that we should be treated adversely from one another, we should all be qualified to have a roof over our heads.

So why should the homeless not have the right to housing as well? Plus why does the government not operate stable housing programmes for the forsaken?

When I was a kid I used to see a number of beggars on the streets, my parents would term them as ‘down and outs’, now they are termed a classification of things. However, now that I’m a grown-up, I have discovered over the years that the desolate are homeless for a variety of reasons, parents booting them out for different reasons, break up of marriages etc.

Numerous homeless out on the streets do not wish to be there, they would by choice be in the solace of their own homes for many of them have suffered the loss and the help of their own families, and have no one to turn to, so is it not our responsibility to make sure that they have at least the assistance of the community and the government?

Councils now consider whether you are purposely homeless, well nearly all people would not make themselves willfully homeless. It is stated that there is a housing deficit in the United Kingdom, and that there is just not adequate housing to go around everyone.

However, there are more than 11m homes that lie vacant all over Europe, ample to house all of the continent’s homeless twice over, according to figures assembled by the Guardian from across the EU.

In Spain, more than 3.4m homes lie empty. In excess of 2m homes are barren in each of France and Italy, 1.8m in Germany and more than 700,000 in the UK.

There are as well a huge amount of empty homes in Ireland, Greece, Portugal and some other countries, according to acquired facts collated by the Guardian.

Numerous homes are in huge holiday retreats erected in the feverish housing rush in the run up to the 2007-08 economic crisis, and have never been occupied.

On top of the vacant 11m dwellings, many of which were acquired as investments by people who never proposed living in them. Hundreds of thousands of half constructed dwellings have been bulldozed in an endeavor to shingle up the prices of existing properties.

Housing campaigners stated that there is an unbelievable amount of dwellings lying vacant even though millions of underprivileged people are screaming out for shelter which is a shocking waste.

The data on this is shocking in view of the incredible number of houses that are going to waste. It’s an extensive scale.

Houses are erected for people to reside in, if they’re not being lived in then something has gone dangerously wrong. Policymakers gravely need to tackle the matter of moneyed purchasers using homes as an investment means, rather than habitation.

There are 11m vacant dwellings, which might not be in the correct loci, however, there is sufficient vacant habitation to meet the problem of homelessness. There are 4.1 million homeless across Europe, according to the European Union.


It’s a disgrace that so many dwellings have been permitted to lie unfilled, and it would simply require fifty percent of them to stop homelessness.

Governments should do as much as imaginable to put vacant dwellings to suitable usefulness, and stop the housing deficit. Homelessness is getting worse across the whole of the European Union. The best way to address it is to put vacant dwellings on the map once more.

Numerous vacant dwellings have sunk into dilapidation on account of, those in deprived districts need jobs, however, empty homes could be simply brought back to the map.

Examinations disclosed that a third of the houses on the most costly stretch of London’s Billionaires Row, are vacant, embracing some that have sunk into dilapidation after standing void for a quarter of a century.


There is growing proof of this practice in wealthy sections of London, and other stretches of the country, and probably all over Europe.

Nearly all of Europe’s unoccupied dwellings are in Spain, which saw the largest construction growth in the mid 2000s fed mainly by Britons and Germans purchasing homes in the sun. The latest Spanish statistics, issued, showed that more than 3.4m homes, 14% of all holdings were empty. The amount of vacant dwellings has arisen by more than 10% in the past decade.


In a few resorts more than a third of homes were however vacant five years after the peak of the economic emergency.

In the United Kingdom, more than 700,000 homes are vacant, according to local official data assembled by the Empty Homes Campaign.

Homes shouldn’t stand empty and the government needs to come up with a more meaningful and bolder concept to tackle the absence of accessible, affordable dwellings.



Published by Angela Lloyd

My vision on life is pretty broad, therefore I like to address specific subjects that intrigue me. Therefore I really appreciate the world of politics, though I have no actual views on who I will vote for, that I will not tell you, so please do not ask! I am like an observation station when it comes to writing, and I simply take the news and make it my own. I have no expectations, I simply love to write, and I know this seems really odd, but I don't get paid for it, I really like what I do and since I am never under any pressure, I constantly find that I write much better, rather than being blanketed under masses of paperwork and articles that I am on a deadline to complete. The chances are, that whilst all other journalists are out there, ripping their hair out, attempting to get their articles completed, I'm simply rambling along at my convenience creating my perfect piece. I guess it must look pretty unpleasant to some of you that I work for nothing, perhaps even brutal. Perhaps I have an obvious disregard for authority, I have no idea, but I would sooner be working for myself, than under somebody else, excuse the pun! Small I maybe, but substantial I will become, eventually. My desk is the most chaotic mess, though surprisingly I know where everything is, and I think that I would be quite unsuited for a desk job. My views on matters vary and I am extremely open-minded to the stuff that I write about, but what I write about is the truth and getting it out there, because the people must be acquainted. Though I am quite entertained by what goes on in the world. My spotlight is mostly to do with politics, though I do write other material as well, but it's essentially politics that I am involved in, and I tend to concentrate my attention on that, however, information is essential. If you have information the possibilities are endless because you are only limited by your own imagination...

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