Shut out briefing: young people, housing benefit and homelessness

Document type
Briefing
Corporate author(s)
Crisis (Organization)
Publisher
Crisis
Date of publication
1 January 2014
Subject(s)
Housing and Homelessness, Children and Young People, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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Homelessness is rising and younger adults are at particular risk. Many cannot even find a room to rent, never mind think about buying a place of their own. One of the major reasons young people are facing homelessness is because single under 35 year olds looking for private rented accommodation are only entitled to a lower rate of housing benefit, the Shared Accommodation Rate (SAR). This rate is based on the cost of a room in a shared house, rather than self contained accommodation. In 2012, the SAR was extended to those under 35 (it previously applied only to under 25 year olds), a change estimated to affect 62,500 people.

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