200 young people in Lewisham to be stripped of housing benefit

TWO HUNDRED young people will be affected by the Brexit Government's decision to strip 18 to 21-year-olds of housing benefit, research by the House of Commons library commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has shown.


In total 18,000 young people across the country are expected to be affected. The Liberal Democrats have committed to reverse the cuts, which came into force this month.

Charities have warned that stripping 18-21 year-olds of housing benefits could push more young people onto the streets while research has shown it is likely to cost taxpayers more than it saves.

Bobby Dean, Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Lewisham Deptford, commented:

"The heartless decision to strip under-21s of housing benefit risks pushing more young people in Lewisham onto the streets. Younger generations have the most to lose from the increasingly divisive policies and hard Brexit agenda being pursued by this Conservative government.

“This election is a chance to change the direction of our country. The Liberal Democrats will restore housing benefit for 18 to 21-year olds and prevent a destructive hard Brexit robbing young people of their futures."


Notes to Editors

Figures from the House of Commons library showing the number of 18-21 year olds in receipt of Housing Benefit who will be impacted can be found here (link)

The latest figures on rough sleeper by local authority can be found here (link)

Charities have warned the policy will risk pushing thousands more young people onto the streets. Research by Heriot Watt University has claimed the policy will save just £3 million. This means if just 140 more young people were made homeless, the policy would actually cost taxpayers more money overall than it saves. (link)

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