Jobs and Social Security

Part of Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 4:19 pm on 28th November 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Shadow Minister (Justice) 4:19 pm, 28th November 2012

No group is being hit harder than the homeless, or the most recently homeless. I do not know whether my right hon. Friend has had a chance to read “The Programme’s Not Working”, a report published yesterday by Homeless Link, St Mungo’s and Crisis about the experience of homeless people on the Work programme. It states that

58% of them were not even asked whether homelessness contributed to their difficulty in obtaining a job, and that the same number said they were not treated with dignity or respect. People who are losing their benefits are also being victimised by this dreadful scheme.