Policy and research

Centrepoint campaigns to influence national and local government policy that affects homeless young people.

Influencing policy campaigning for change

We focus on areas of policy including housing, family and health. We also campaign to ensure homeless young people are getting the right support when it comes to their benefits and personal finance, education, skills and employment opportunities.

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The youth homelessness Databank

Centrepoint’s Youth Homelessness Databank collects local data from across the UK on the scale of youth homelessness. It also provides an insight into the type of interactions young people are having with their local councils and what support is being offered.

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Chance to Move On petition at 10 Downing Street

Chance to Move On Campaign

We are calling on the government to give homeless young people the Chance to Move On from homelessness, by ensuring the welfare safety net, including Universal Credit, covers the real cost of renting locally. Join us to campaign for change. 

See our campaign

St Stephen's Tower, Westminster

Email your MP

Young people are most likely to lose their job during the coronavirus crisis. Yet under-25s receive less Universal Credit to help with food and bills. Without family support, many face hunger and homelessness.

It's time to ask your MP: Will you stand up for homeless young people? Email them with our helpful template here.

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Centrepoint helps more than 10,000 homeless young people a year. Our research helps us understand what support they need.

42% have issues with their mental health
14% are refugees
14% are refugees
28% have been living in care
28% have been living in care
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Research reports

We carry out research on the issues affecting homeless young people and develop the policy solutions needed to bring about change.

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Participants at the National Youth Homeless Conference


Explore our library of policy briefings on the key issues that Centrepoint is working to influence.

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Consultation responses

We regularly respond to consultations and inquiries issued by the Government, local authorities and other organisations.

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Making homeless young people count

The stats for homeless young people are shocking. Our research estimates 110,000 young people asked for help from their local council in 2018/19 because they were homeless or at risk.

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CHAIN Statistics Shows Resources Do Not Meet Needs Of Rising Homelessness Numbers

19 February, 2021

New stats show that, whilst homelessness continues to increase at an alarming rate, the resources available are not sufficient at meeting this current demand. Centrepoint's Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Paul Noblet, asserts that the government need to do more for the UK's rough sleepers. 

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Is there a link between youth homelessness and youth offending?

09 January, 2021

Tara Self, Forensic Mental Health MSc graduate at King’s College London, discusses the findings of a…

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How many young people are homeless in the UK?

10 December, 2020

Centrepoint’s new report reveals the true scale of youth homelessness in local areas across the UK. Every year over 100,000 young people aged 16-24 ask the council for help with homelessness. We examine the shocking number of homeless young people in 2019-20.

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