Universal Credit - Changes to Housing support for 18-21 years olds
The Government will amend regulations so that all 18-21 year
olds will be entitled to claim support for housing costs in
Currently, 18-21 year olds who make a new claim to UC in UC Full
Service areas need to meet certain requirements in order to receive
housing support. The change means that young people on benefits
will be assured that if they secure a tenancy, they will have
support towards their housing costs in the normal way.
Young people in return will have a Youth Obligation - an
intensive package of labour market support for 18-21 year-olds
looking to get into work.
This decision ensures that there are no unintended barriers to
young people accessing housing on the basis of their age alone and
getting into work and is in line with the Government's launch of
the Homelessness Reduction Act and our commitment to eradicating
rough sleeping by 2027.
For the full statement made by Esther McVey (The Secretary of
State for Work and Pensions), please click here.