11,400 tenants could be affected by new benefits cut

  • The planned removal of housing benefit for young people seeking employment could affect almost 11,400 social housing tenants.

    Inside Housing have analysed data from the government's Stat-Xplore website and has found that 11,449 social housing tenants are set to be affected by the governments plans to remove housing benefit to young people aged 18-21 claiming Jobseeker's Allowance. Single parents, care leavers and those classed as vulnerable will be exempt from this cut. /images/hb.jpg

    The policy was announced by the Prime Minister at the Conservative Party conference in September and will be overseen by work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith.

    Based on the average housing benefit awards to 18-21 year olds in social housing the removal of housing benefit could place £69m of the annual social household rental income under threat.

    Jon Lord, chief executive of Bolton at Home, also warned that young people would be ‘sleeping on the streets' as a result of the change.

    He also said initial analysis of the reduced benefit cap showed that a number of claimants in Bolton would be hit by the reform, whose effects have previously been mostly isolated to central London.

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