Homeless agencies carry the burden of new asylum policy

Homeless Link has claimed that a study showing that 9 per cent of people supported by homelessness organisations are refugees proves the voluntary sector is bearing the burden of the Government's asylum and housing policies.

Homeless Link, Crash and the RICS Foundation surveyed more than 100 organisations working with homeless people to pinpoint gaps in the pattern of services provided by the voluntary sector.

"Up until now we've only had anecdotal evidence to support our claims that the sector is bearing the brunt of a serious lack of joined-up thinking in current government policy," said Lis Pritchard, chief executive at Homeless Link.

"The survey show the measures for reducing asylum seeker numbers are forcing more people onto the streets," she added.

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