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Day: June 18, 2020

Domestic abuse survivors not guaranteed homelessness protection
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Domestic abuse survivors not guaranteed homelessness protection

    Domestic abuse survivors may be forced between staying with their abuser or becoming homeless if the Government does not allow household members to seek housing support on their behalf, charities are warning. Crisis and domestic abuse charities have written to the Government asking it to urgently change a key part of the incoming domestic abuse bill to allow others in the home to apply for help securing emergency housing. This is already the case for other groups who receive automatic priority need status, such as pregnant women. In early May, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said the Bill would give survivors priority access to local housing services “much more easily” so they do not need to “make the unbearable choice between staying somewhere that they know is u...