Dawn visited her local council offices repeatedly in the three weeks after she was made homeless. She says, “I’ve filled in so many forms I’ve lost count, but the council say they can’t do anything. [According to government criteria], I’m not vulnerable enough.” Without savings to pay for a deposit, she has been unable to find rented accommodation. Newly introduced welfare crisis budgets do not allow the offer of cash assistance, but only vouchers and in-kind support. Dawn was offered a food voucher and a voucher to buy a tent, as a temporary solution. She says, “I don’t know how they can say a 62-year old woman camping alone at night isn’t vulnerable. I can’t afford to stay at a campsite.”

Source: http://figr.es/s300