October 2015 – Housing Benefit for Young People
The government has confirmed that 18-21 year old universal credit claimants in supported accommodation will retain housing benefit after April 2017.
The Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson has stated that the government is determined to end youth unemployment, and support all young people into work. In order to prevent young people slipping straight into a life on benefits, from April 2017 they plan to remove automatic entitlement to housing support for new claims in universal credit from 18-21 year olds who are out of work. The Government believes this measure will ensure young people in the benefits system face the same choices as young people who work and who may not be able to afford to leave home.
However, they have confirmed that vulnerable young people who are in need of support for their housing needs continue to receive it. People living in specified accommodation claiming universal credit do not receive the housing element, and instead receive support for their housing costs though housing benefit. The government has confirmed it has no plans to change 18-21 year olds entitlement to housing benefit, so claimants in specified accommodation will continue to be supported with their housing costs and will be unaffected by this policy.
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