Plans to allow care leavers and vulnerable young people leaving homelessness accommodation to receive a higher level of benefits have moved forward two years, according to Spring Budget costing documents.
Youth homelessness charity Centrepoint has hailed the move that will see youngsters given more cash to find an affordable home from June 1. The Shared Accommodation Rate change had been due to come into force in October 2023.
Centrepoint’s head of public affairs Paul Noblet said: “This change means that thousands of our most vulnerable young people will have greater hope of finding an affordable home.
“Currently many young people are unable to move on from hostel accommodation because housing in most areas of the country is simply unaffordable to young people claiming benefits.
“In listening to our concerns, and bringing forward the implementation date, the government has opened up a brighter future for many young people.”
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