Charities challenge under-25s benefit cut proposal

By staff writers
November 22, 2012

Twelve charities have signed a joint letter to The Times newspaper, urging the Prime Minister to reconsider proposals to cut housing benefit for under-25s.

The changes are expected to be announced in the Government’s Autumn Statement on 5 December, and could affect up to 380,000 households.

The letter is signed by charities including Barnardo’s, Crisis, Shelter, Teenage Cancer Trust and the Children’s Society.

The charities warn that the cut will "take away a vital safety net for young adults who lose their job, experience domestic violence, become ill or disabled, or who are themselves bringing up children. And it will penalise working young adults with low earnings."

The letter also notes that while the Prime Minister "suggests that young adults who fall on hard times should move in with their parents... for many, this is simply not an option and could place them at risk."

It also warns that a cut to housing benefit for under-25s will lead to increased levels of homelessness and concludes: "It will blight the future of some of our poorest and most vulnerable young adults and that of their children. We urge the Government to reconsider."


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