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citizens advice mps research on homelessness and post

A survey of 151 MPs on their opinion about homeless people and their access to post, along with two proposed solutions.

  • Nine in ten MPs agree that not having a fixed postal address makes it harder for homeless people to get the help they need (86%), with three quarters of MPs agreeing that action should be taken (74%).
  • Three quarters of MPs agree that homeless people should be provided with either a PO box (72%) or Poste Restante service (75%).
  • One in five MPs don’t know whether homeless people in their constituency currently have adequate access to post (21%), suggesting that some MPs need to be made more aware of the current situation in their own constituency.
  • More than half of MPs support the idea of Central Government funding the service to provide postal access (58%). However, Conservative MPs are less likely to say that Central Government should fund the service than their Labour counterparts (36% vs 77%).
  • Conservative MPs also appear to prefer a mixed selection of funding sources, with one third saying that Central Government, Royal Mail and Local Government should pay (36%, 33% and 31%).

Date Published: 18/12/2018

Categories: Policy Makers | Social | UK

Client: Citizens Advice


ComRes surveyed 151 MPs online or by self-completion paper survey between 4th and 31st October 2018. Data were weighted by party and region to be representative of the House of Commons. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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