Government announces that all 18 to 21 year-olds are to be entitled to claim support for housing costs within universal credit
Everyone, no matter what their start in life, should be given the very best chance of getting into work, says Work and Pensions Secretary
The government has announced that all 18 to 21 year-olds are to be entitled to claim support for housing costs within universal credit.
In a written ministerial statement earlier today, Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey said -
'Currently, 18-21 year-olds who make a new claim to universal credit in universal credit Full Service areas need to meet certain requirements in order to receive housing support. The change I am announcing today means that young people on benefits will be assured that if they secure a tenancy, they will have support towards their housing costs in the normal way.'
The Secretary of State added that -
'We are committed to providing targeted support for young people so that everyone, no matter what their start in life, is given the very best chance of getting into work.
This decision ensures that there are no unintended barriers to young people accessing housing on the basis of their age alone and getting into work, and is in line with the Government’s launch of the Homelessness Reduction Act and our commitment to eradicating rough sleeping by 2027.
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