Shelter challenges under-25s benefit cut

22 November 2012

Shelter has joined 12 other charities to sign 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, signed by charities including Barnardo’s, Crisis and the Children’s Society, warns such a cut would remove a ‘vital safety net’ for young people. It raises particular concerns about under-25s who:

  • lose their job
  • experience domestic violence
  • become ill or disabled
  • are leaving care
  • are in work but earning low wages
  • are bringing up families of their own.

The letter also warns that a cut to housing benefit for under-25s will lead to increased levels of homelessness.

Kay Boycott, Director of Policy at Shelter, said: ‘On top of high youth unemployment, flatline wages and student debts, this is the killer blow to young people trying to build an independent life for themselves.’

The full letter can be read on the Times website (£).

Get advice on housing benefit changes from Shelter.