57% increase in the number of young people who are homeless
Over the past five years the number of young people who have found themselves homeless has increased by 57%, according to figures by Citizens Advice.
The charity says that dramatic rise in homelessness amongst 17 to 24-year-olds is due to the “horribly tough” economic downturn. Its figures show that 4,529 people asked for help during 2012/13 whereas only 2,890 calls were receive in 2007/08.
Citizens Advice also reports a 39% increase in the number of young people asking for help over the possibility of losing their home during the same period. The charity says that investing in strong support to help young people find work and access housing must go hand-in-hand if school-leavers and graduates are able to live independently and contribute to the economic recovery.
From 2007/08 to 2012/13, Citizens Advice Bureaux saw:
• A 57% increase in problems for young people due to actual homelessness;
• A 39% increase in problems for young people with threatened homelessness;
• A 49% increase in problems for young people with terms and conditions of employment;
• A 10% increase in problems for young people with pay and entitlements in employment.
Citizens Advice Chief Executive, Gillian Guy, said: “The hangover for young people resulting from the credit crunch will not lift overnight. For young people, despite recent welcome economic progress, the impact of the recession has been horribly tough. Not only are nearly one million young people out of work, but increasing numbers of them are also unable to put a roof over their head. The shocking state of our housing stock means social housing is severely limited whilst private renting is simply unaffordable for people on low incomes or out of work. Finding work and having a roof over your head go hand-in-hand. Getting employment in a jobs market still recovering from the recession is a daunting prospect and doing so without a place to live can be impossible. We need a system which focuses on building on each individual’s unique skills and talents to increase their chances of finding stable work. Supporting young people into work should be looked on not as a burden but as an investment in our country’s future. Without support and training to help people move out of education into work and paying taxes, securing the economic recovery and building a sustainable economy for the long-term will be significantly harder. Young people are interested what they can offer not what they can take. As Citizens Advice enters its 75th year, the number of young people volunteering with us is at a record high.”
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