People with mental illness need advice, support and professional care. As I know from conversations at the Shaw Street project, for those living independently, a little extra support can make a huge difference to their lives. We have seen some excellent progress in specialist centres. All of that is now at risk. Once again, ministers' desire to cut back budgets will hammer vulnerable people, and end up costing us all more down the line.
Imagine the atmosphere in your home, the place you're supposed to feel safest, becoming so unbearable you simply can't stay? This is the reality for far too many young people, and even more are on the brink of disaster. You don't see that moment of crisis coming. You're left not knowing what to do or where to go next.
Given the huge policy shifts that the Conservatives committed to in their manifesto on housing, it comes as no surprise that they have moved very quickly in a wide range of areas. Unfortunately, much of their output ranges between policies that could be termed 'fiddling while the UK burns' through to the outright disastrous.
If this government is committed to doing this and giving young people a decent start in life, this Queen's Speech needs to first focus on providing them with a safe and stable environment that allows young people the chance to flourish and reach their full potential - to which Housing Benefit plays an important role.
George Osborne has announced the Conservative Party would cut housing benefit for under-25s after the next election as part of £25billion spending cuts, removing a vital lifeline for many homeless young people who are already struggling financially. Such a move would be catastrophic for the 6,000 homeless young people Centrepoint supports each year.