Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Cuts in housing benefit for under 25s will affect 20 000 children

How is George Osborne going to cut a further £12 billion from welfare? One way is to remove housing benefit for anybody under 25 years old. Obviously the cabinet think-tanks have not worked out the impact of this policy on children. With fewer people having spare bedrooms there would be difficulty housing some young families.

Analysis of figures obtained from the Department of Work and Pensions reveal that there are 20,059 children in the 32,700 households in Scotland who would be hit if the benefit was stopped.
Following the analysis, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has written to Iain Duncan Smith to set out the implications for Scotland and request a meeting to discuss any proposals.
“My main concern is the risk that this cut would pose to the 20,000 children who would need to be rehoused and would face the prospect of being made homeless.

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