Can I claim benefits when I’m homeless? Getting the feeling that people can’t find clear answers to this.

I’ve recently noticed a real increase in the number of people coming to my site on search terms re: how to claim benefits when homeless.

Am thinking this could indicate:

  • an increasing number of people who are homeless and in need of benefit help
  • an increasing number of people who can’t easily get the advice on homelessness and benefits that they need

Picking out search terms is hardly a formal measure of a trend, of course, and I’m not talking a mass of visits on these phrases, but I still feel like pointing them out.

Snapshot from this week:

  • can you use job centre as care of address
  • is there a way to apply for benefits when homeless
  • how to apply for benefits when im homeless
  • should dwp tell homeless people to use jobcentres as address
  • can the homeless claim benefits do the homeless get benefits
  • homeless people and job centre plus investigation
  • how much money can you get if you are homeless
  • benefits and homeless
  • can social services take your kids if you are homeless

etc. More every day really.

8 thoughts on “Can I claim benefits when I’m homeless? Getting the feeling that people can’t find clear answers to this.

  1. It just shows how many people are in this situation.Multiply these requests by all the many sites on the internet to get a true picture. People homeless and desperate to claim benefits. It used to be the case in the days of the old Giro, that homeless people could go to the Jobcentre and get a cash payment. Because most of them didn’t have a bank account . But now, who knows ?
    This is one of the reasons that people fear Universal Credit, eviction for rent arrears and then homelessness. And then what ?

    • Yes I’ve really noticed it. The days of cash payments need to return. Too often people leave with nothing. And despite claims that people who are homeless can claim benefits, it’s all too easy to find people sleeping on the streets who couldn’t do it.

      • The system is a mess, and whilst DWP staff are under so much pressure that the PCS has balloted for industrial action, there is still no mention by the union of the fact that Universal Credit is ‘cruel and inhumane’. All strike action will achieve is further delays for already desperate people. How on earth DWP staff think they’ll generate sympathy and understanding with this tack I don’t know, but maybe, just maybe if for once they operated a more magnanimous line and included the damage they are being ordered to inflict on people in their reasons for going on strike, instead of what is basically just self-interest, then maybe we’d have more sympathy. As it is they are part of the problem.

        https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/universal-credit-chaos-workers-ballot-strike

        This article is illuminating, though the only voice of reason, of sense is that of the DPAC commentator who calls for the abolition of UC and a reinstatement of the ‘legacy’ system.

        • But in the event of Jobcentre /DWP staff going on Strike wouldn’t peoples’ Benefits just have to be paid automatically with conditionality temporarily suspended? If so then I’d be all for strike action. Personally I would have liked to have seen a national General Strike about 8 years ago when they first started with all the Austerity and Welfare reforms.

          • I guess that would be the default scenario for those who already had their claims sorted out, but for those still having their claims assessed everything would likely just be put on hold.

            We’re highly unlikely to see calls for a general strike because it’s really only higher paid workers who can sustain such an action. Poorer paid workers aren’t in a position to take significant strike action, and would probably be better placed working to rule, which can foul things up quite nicely. Even in the 1926 strike, it was only a general strike for nine days and only the miners who continued the strike. It was a failure in that the miners went back to work to worse pay and working conditions. There are probably also many fewer union members now, though, as has been the example of Deliveroo and Uber Eats couriers, many non-union members have taken action in solidarity with unionised couriers who are part of the IWW.

    • Yes, I was just thinking about the other side of it, that there are people who were in receipt of Benefits until they got Sanctioned then became homeless as a result. There are people in that position but who find the Benefits system impossible to re-engage with, so that prevents them from improving their situation and getting housed.

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