Government Restores Housing Costs Eligibility

Posted: 14 May 2018 9:50 am

The Government has reversed its decision to remove the automatic eligibility of 18-21 year olds to claim support for their housing costs through Universal Credit (UC).

Esther McVey, the Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions, said that, “the decision ensured that there were no 'unintended barriers' to young people accessing housing”.

Charities had fought for a large number of policy exemptions to ensure that vulnerable young people would still be able to access the support they needed.

Government evidence released in February showed that the vast majority of young people applying for the housing element of UC were being accepted. However, there are still concerns about those that were denied support, and the impacts the policy could have on private landlords' attitudes toward letting to younger tenants.

Hopefully the government's decision to reverse the policy, removes one of the many barriers faced by young homeless people looking to access housing.

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