Benefit sanctions responsible for more homeless young people

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homelessyouungA report published by Homeless Link, the umbrella body for homelessness organisations, has uncovered clear relationships between the government’s ‘welfare reforms’ and the rise in homelessness of under 25s.

The charity’s research, which includes information from more than 200 homelessness charities and council agencies across England, reveals that benefit sanctions have risen from 1.7 per cent of cases in 2013 to 10 per cent in 2014.

Since tougher requirements for those claiming Jobseekers Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance were introduced by the Department of Work and Pensions in 2012, increasing the time sanctions can be imposed, more than 90% of the agencies reported that the sanctions had severely affected young people’s ability to access new accommodation.

Rick Henderson, the group’s chief executive, told The Independent “We know that early experience of homelessness can lead to the development of significant problems in later life, and for young people who…

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