No Going Home

Protect housing benefit for under 25s

Ed Sheeran supports No Going HomeSUCCESS: 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.

Why housing benefit is so important for young people

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's story

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. 

Paul's story

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.

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 

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