Removal of housing benefit could leave vulnerable young people with nowhere to turn

Wednesday, 8 July 2015 - 11:12am

We react to today's announcement of plans to remove access to Housing Benefit for under 21 year olds.

Homeless Link today expressed concerns that announcements made in George Osborne's Emergency Budget could lead to increased homelessness amongst young people.

The proposals will mean that 18-21 year olds will no longer be automatically entitled to Housing Benefit, fueling fears that young people at risk of homelessness could be left with nowhere to turn but the streets or unsafe temporary accommodation.

Homeless Link's Chief Executive, Rick Henderson, commented:

"Our Young and Homeless report in 2014 showed that, for many young people, staying in the family home is simply not an option and need additional support to move into independent living.

"We strongly oppose this proposal and urge the Government to give careful consideration to the impact it could have on the most vulnerable. Without the vital safety net of Housing Benefit, many could be forced into destitution and life on the streets." 

Talk To Us

Stephen Holland

Stephen served as our Communications Officer until January 2016.

Share this page