Cutting housing benefit for under-25s is ‘yet another reckless idea’

The decision by the Chancellor, George Osborne, to revive plans to cut housing benefit for those aged under 25 has been described by Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, as “a reckless idea that does not take into account the complexities of those who need the extra income just to have a roof over their head.”

Tom said:
“Increasingly young people are finding themselves at the forefront of Tory-led attacks and this proposal is just the latest example. The Chancellor wants to paint a picture that those claiming housing benefit are workshy layabouts who are getting their home subsidised by the taxpayer. In fact, this could not be further from the truth.  Only 1 in 8 claimants of housing benefit are unemployed, whilst those fortunate enough to have a job are finding themselves in a situation where they need the help as their wages simply can’t cover increasingly higher rents as well as day-to-day living costs.

“It is very naïve of the Chancellor to assume that all the people affected are in a position to just move back in with their parents, no questions asked. There is a multitude of reasons why people have moved from their family home in the first place such as something as serious as domestic abuse to looking for employment opportunities elsewhere.

“I strongly urge the Chancellor to seriously look again at his proposal. In particular, to tackle irresponsible landlords who are profiting from those young people in desperate circumstances and increasing the Welfare bill. At the moment these proposals would severely restrict social mobility and increase the burden on parents to provide support for their children well into adulthood.”

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