Benefit sanctions are forcing people to sleep rough, go hungry and push them further away from getting a job, according to one of the most extensive studies of homeless people in Britain.
Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people who commissioned the report, called for reform of a system it said is leaving vulnerable people who want to work destitute instead.
Their findings, based on a survey of more than 1,000 homeless people across 21 cities, revealed almost four in ten people subject to sanctions either had to sleep rough or had become homeless as a result.
The report also said three-quarters (77 per cent) of people had skipped meals, almost two-thirds (64 per cent) had gone without heating and six in every ten people found it harder to look for work. It also discovered 75 per cent of people suffered mental health issues as a result.
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