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Blow to youngsters
IT IS clear the Coalition Government does not think through its announcements, this time to remove housing benefit for under- 25s who only receive a room rate for a shared house if single.
The impact of this needs to be understood. City of York Council supports a number of care leavers each year and provides accommodation at the Howe Hill Hostel for those who cannot live at home due to complex reasons.
These young people are trying to rebuild their lives and need support. The consequence of not providing this benefit, while they gain training and employment, will cost more than the maximum benefit they receive, around £78pw, if they become homeless. While the Government continues to believe all young people live in “ideal family units”, cuts will continue.
These young people cannot go home in the future if they lose their job, as often there is not one to go to. Then to consider is the young family who lose employment or those escaping from domestic violence. What is their future without support?