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Two in five employers unaware hiring homeless people is legal

Two in five businesses are unaware it’s legal to hire someone who is homeless, a survey has found.

The YouGov poll of UK employers and employees, commissioned by Business in the Community (BITC), found 40 per cent of employers did not know it was legal to hire someone who was homeless, while nearly one in five (17 per cent) were concerned hiring someone who was homeless would have a negative impact on other employees.

BITC said this showed there were still high levels of stigma towards employing or working with people who are homeless, and that despite the UK’s record employment rates, “people furthest from secure employment are still being left behind”.

The survey polled 622 senior decision-makers and 1,061 employees.

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