More than five million families with children cut back on food last year as they struggled to stay in their homes, a charity
The Department of Work and Pensions has little idea how plans to cut housing benefit will affect claimants and if the reforms
Eleven children's charities, including the Fostering Network, TACT, The Who Cares? Trust and Barnardo's have this week written to Work and Pensions Minister Iain Duncan-Smith MP and Chancellor George Osborne MP to ask for foster carers to be exempt from under-occupancy penalties.
Since the coalition government was elected, the manifesto promise of the Big Society has morphed into relentless bashing of benefit claimants via the media. Whether stories originate from press officers or from journalists, the results are the same. Strivers vs. Shirkers, benefit scroungers, large families fleecing the public purse, single mums, teen mums, are all headlines that fuel the increasingly hate-filled rhetoric against benefit claimants.
The prospects for young people starting out in the world today are already bleak with nearly one million young people currently unemployed - and now life is about to get even harder for them. The reckless proposal to remove housing benefits from under-25s risks leaving some of this country's most vulnerable young people out in the cold. What makes this proposal particularly distasteful is that in reality only a mere eight per cent of total housing benefits are claimed by under-25s, making this a policy which risks causing long-term harm to the lives of young people for the sake of a few headlines.
George Osborne is set to drop his controversial plans to end housing benefit for the under 25s after a Lib Dem revolt, reports
A blanket ban on support for young adults would leave thousands at risk of homelessness - while any truly compassionate list of exemptions would be so broad as to make the policy redundant. Ministers should ditch this unworkable proposal now.
For people, for neighbourhoods, for the economy, for aspiration, for the strivers and all of those who do the right thing, we must say Yes to homes.
Working families increasingly depend on state benefits to avoid eviction from their homes due to a soaring housing market
Completely at odds with this latest welfare proposal, the government has created a policy framework that may force more young adults out of the family home and prevent many from returning.