Another innovative programme looking to break the vicious circle is Proxy Address
. It uses what it calls ‘spare addresses’ to provide a stable identity for those without a permanent address. The scheme works with the consent of the empty property’s owner – be it a private landlord or local authority – and duplicates existing data to ensure that the property, its post and its credit rating are all unaffected by its use as a proxy address. Crucially, it is free to the person who needs it.