YMCA chief in Burton expresses concerns over housing benefit cuts
YMCA Burton’s chief executive has expresses his concerns over the effect housing benefit cuts are having on homeless people.
Across the UK over 19,000 young people are claiming unemployment and housing benefits, and charity bosses are concerned that new cuts will remove “vital support” from those who are most vulnerable, reports The Burton Mail.
Paul Laffey, chief executive at Burton YMCA said: “We house and support 52 young people, many of whom claim both jobseeker’s allowance and housing benefit. These young people don’t want to be claiming benefits, but need to while they find their feet. I’m in discussion with MP Griffiths on this matter, and hope that the Government will make exemptions on supported housing projects like that of the YMCA. Housing benefit provides a lifeline to vulnerable young people, not a lifestyle. Removing it could leave those who don’t have the option to go home facing uncertain futures.”
A spokesman from the Department for Work and Pensions said: “We have been very clear that vulnerable young people including care leavers and people with children will be exempt from this policy. We want to make sure young people get the support they need to move into work and do not slip straight into a life on benefits.”
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