Tackling Homelessness with Unconditional Cash Transfers

Start: 2024-02-22 18:30:00 UTC Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London (GMT+00:00)

End: 2024-02-22 20:00:00 UTC Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London (GMT+00:00)

A link to attend this virtual event will be emailed upon RSVP

We are delighted to be joined by the following speakers:

Frances Darlington-Pollock CEO of the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity will open with an overview of the present homelessness situation across Greater Manchester

Mark Donovan Founder & Executive Director of the Denver Basic Income Project will tell us about the exciting interim results in Denver where homeless people are making great changes in their lives thanks to regular cash pay-outs

Jonathan Tan Co-Founder & CEO of Greater Change will outline the success his organisation has had in giving out one-off payments to people who are homeless in Oxford and London

Despite the valiant efforts of many individuals and organisations, the rate of homelessness in Greater Manchester is still increasing.

A study by Shelter published in January 2023 stated that the three local authorities with the worst homelessness rate in the North West were all within Greater Manchester: Manchester, Salford and Oldham.  Both the total number of homeless people and the rate of homelessness in Manchester have been steadily increasing over the last five years, according to Shelter’s annual reports – despite homelessness prevention schemes by local authorities like Manchester City Council.

So what is to be done?  Are there any radical ideas we could try to turn this tanker around?

Come to a discussion on how giving unconditional cash to people who are homeless is helping them turn their own lives around. Is this an approach that could work in Greater Manchester, and in the many other places across the UK where homelessness is entrenched?

Given how entrenched homelessness has become and the failure of current programmes to tackle it, we think new approaches like basic income need to be tried.  Join us at this online event to discuss how to change the approach to solving homelessness.