Causes of Homelessness…

From WCHP’s own website:

According to the Department for Communities and Local Government (published in February 2014) 2,414 people in England are estimated to be sleeping out on any one night in England. This is a 37 per cent increase since 2010. http://homeless.org.uk/facts/homelessness-in-numbers

  • The average age of death of a homeless person is 47 years old and even lower for homeless women at just 43, compared to 77 for the general population.
  • Homeless people are over 9 times more likely to commit suicide than the general population http://www.crisis.org.uk/data/files/publications/Homelessness%20-%20a%20silent%20killer.pdf
  • On average homeless people die at just 47 years old
  • If you are homeless you are 13 times more likely to be a victim of violence
  • The main cause of homelessness is relationship breakdown

So we can assume that being homeless is not a good place to be.  And clearly as a Homeless Charity WCHP would want to help battle homelessness.

Shelter, a leading Homeless Charity tell us that one of the causes of homelessness is unemployment.

In fact, they actually reported in the Independent 11th April 2013

One in three people would be unable to pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job, new figures from Shelter reveal.

Consider how hard it is to get a job under normal circumstances, how easy to you think it is if you’ve been dismissed for gross misconduct?  Add to this that if you want to take a company to Tribunal these days it now costs an absolute minimum of £1150 just to get your case heard.  If you need legal representation at Tribunal that’s in the region of £1500 / day.  Preparation of your case will be setting you back £250 – £500 / hour.  However, if you don’t go to tribunal what’s your chance of landing a good job with the “gross misconduct” label.

That’s the cost of justice.  Could you afford this if you were unfairly dismissed, on top of trying to continue to pay your bills, mortgage, etc as well…?

With this in mind I question why senior members of a Homeless Charity can remain in post when they have been found guilty of Unfair Dismissal?

Not only is their behaviour fundamentally incompatible with the organisation they represent, but, they will also have wasted thousands of pounds of money, donated in good faith, or provided by the government for the fight against homelessness.

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