Thousands of young people forced into homeless due to Tory cuts

Thousands of youngsters who have fled unstable backgrounds and abuse could be forced into homelessness as the government plans to strip unemployed 18-21 year olds of housing benefits, it has emerged.

Youth charity YMCA, which provides shelter for 1,400 young people in supported accommodation across the UK, has sharply criticized the move.

The charity warns the policy will create severe instability for vulnerable young people across the UK, many of whom have fled traumatic circumstances. The scathing assessment surfaced in its latest report, published on Tuesday.

Titled ‘Uncertain Futures,’ the research seeks to examine the impact the withdrawal of these housing benefits would have on Britain’s youth population.

The government announced the policy shift during Chancellor George Osborne’s emergency budget, as part of its strategy for tackling youth joblessness and dependency on welfare.

Set to be implemented in 2017, government projections estimate the reforms could save taxpayers £135 million (US$210 million) over the course of four years. But the YMCA argues once protected groups such as pregnant women are taken into account alongside the cost to the public purse of dealing with higher levels of homelessness among those who lose support, net government savings are likely to be as little as £3 million.

Critics say the sum is a pittance compared with £93 billion worth of tax breaks and subsidies the government currently offers corporate firms operating in the UK.

Via RT.