Universal Credit Welfare Reforms Contributing To Homelessness Among 16-24s, Charity Warns

“Welfare reforms such as Universal Credit are contributing to homelessness among 16 to 24-year-olds by impacting their ability to access and sustain housing, a charity has warned” writes unknown author for Research carried out by Homeless Link, a charity that works with rough sleepers, 92% of respondents identified delayed Universal Credit payments as having an impact on youth homelessness. “The findings indicate that all reforms within Universal Credit are impacting young people’s ability to access and sustain accommodation,” the reports states. “The findings strongly suggest that the administrative changes and delays under Universal Credit are negatively impacting young people’s access to housing.” The survey, part of the charity’s Young and Homeless 2018 report, questioned 79 local authorities and 109 youth homelessness service providers, as well as a handful of young people sleeping rough in England.

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