No Going Home
Protect housing benefit for under 25s
SUCCESS: Ministers wanted to stop people under 25 from claiming housing benefit. It would have been a disaster but after thousands of Crisis campaigners wrote to their MPs, there was no mention in the Chancellor's 2012 Autumn Statement of the plan.
Most young adults can afford their own accommodation or live with their parents. But, for thousands, housing benefit is their last option – without it they would be homeless.
Already one in three people accepted as homeless is aged 16-24 and last year 10,000 people were accepted as homeless because their parents wouldn't or couldn't house them. Many thousands more will be made homeless if this proposal is made law.
Jade, 21, was sexually abused by her father from the age of 11. Confused and afraid, she did not tell a single soul. Because she had nowhere else to go, Jade remained in her family home until she was 19, when she could bear it no longer. Jade now relies on housing benefit, living with her parents is simply not an option.
- Find out more about Jade's story
- Listen to Jade being interviewed on Radio 1's Newsbeat (skip to 7 mins 43)
Paul, 20, had always had a difficult relationship with his father, which involved arguments and threats of violence. Then, in May this year, Paul's mum called to warn him it was no longer safe for him to come home. His father was drunk and on drugs, and she believed he would be very violent. Paul can't go home, without housing benefit he'd be stuck.
- Find out more about Paul's story
Young people claim housing benefit because they need to.
This plan would make it impossible to protect those fleeing abuse or whose parents simply have no space for them, as exemptions for these and other groups would be totally unworkable.
Of 18-24 year olds who claim housing benefit:
- 66,000 are working
- Most (204,000 households) have dependant children
- And 28,000 are sick or disabled
Find out more
- Download our campaign briefing
- Find out what was said when restricting housing benefit for under 25 year olds was debated in Parliament
- Read our No Going Home press release
No Going Home in the media
- Read our Director of Policy's column in the Guardian Housing Network
- Read the Observer story about the plans being dropped by George Osborne
- Read our Chief Executive's piece in the New Statesman
- Watch a Crisis client and our Chief Executive on ITV News
- Read our joint letter to The Times (£) and coverage it received both The Times (£) and The New Statesman
- Read about the campaign in the Guardian
- Find out what happened when Ed Sheeran launched the campaign in Newcastle
- See exclusive Ed Sheeran videos recorded for No Going Home
- Read a blog on the campaign and yet more cuts to come