Lib Dems to reverse Tory cuts to housing benefit for hundreds of NE 18-21 year olds
Lib Dems will campaign to overturn Tory cut to housing benefit for 18-21 year olds in North East
Lib Dems will campaign at the General Election to overturn the Conservative government's withdrawal of Housing Benefit for 18-21 year olds, North East Lib Dems have confirmed.
An estimated 18,000 young people nationally will be affected, but the policy will save just £3m due to its likely effects in increasing homelessness for young people
Research by the House of Commons Library suggests the policy will impact on more than 1100 North East young people, with Middlesbrough 8th worst affected nationally.
Newcastle Central: 80
S Shields: 70
Blyth Valley: 60
N Tyneside: 50
Bishop Auckland: 50
N Durham: 40
Stockton N: 40
Stockton S: 40
Sunderland C; 40
Houghton & Sunderland S: 30
Washington & Sunderland W: 30
Newcastle E: 30
NW Durham: 30
City of Durham: 20
Newcastle N: 10
Housing charities Shelter and Crisis are opposing the Government's move, stating
“The option of being able to live with your parents is not one that is open to everyone. These cuts will affect those who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in desperately difficult situations. Whether these young people are escaping an abusive household or thrown out because of their sexuality, they’ll now have the added, sometimes impossible, burden of having to prove they can’t go home. If they can’t, their only option may be to sleep rough."
Lib Dem candidate for Newcastle Central Dr Nick Cott said
"This nasty and counterproductive policy threatens to push hundreds more young people in the North East onto the streets, including dozens in Newcastle Central. Vulnerable people with nowhere else to turn are being abandoned by this heartless Conservative government. Younger generations have the most to lose from this Government’s divisive policies and hard Brexit agenda. The policy is particularly cruel as many of the young people who most need help with housing costs are those who are unable for various reasons to live at home, and they already receive reduced rate national minimum wage.”