Old enough to fight for their country, but not to get housing help – Housing Benefit axed for 18-21 year olds
As the younger generation find it harder and harder to get onto the property ladder, from this weekend Housing Benefit will be axed for 18-21 year-olds.
Ministers have decided to go ahead with potentially catastrophic plans to force young unemployed people to live with their parents or pay their own rent, first unveiled by Cameron and Osborne in the 2015 Summer Budget.
There will be some exemptions via the new Universal Credit regulations, which include vulnerable young people who may not be able to return to live with their parents, those who have been in work for 6 months prior to making a claim, those with dependent children, care leavers and those in temporary accommodation. Any new claimants that don’t fall into these categories will be expected to stay at home or get a job to fund their rent.
These exemptions have failed to extinguish the outrage from campaigners and even PRS landlords – who’ve pointed out that Theresa May has claimed she wants more housing help for families in Britain.
Understandably landlords are even more wary about housing this age group, as it also coincides with the tax changes set to come in via Section 24 from April 6th.
Cutting critical funding such as this will leave thousands of young people with nowhere to go, worsening the rising homelessness crisis tenfold.
At Tenant Referencing UK we’d like to hear from landlords and tenants on this!