30 young locals will be affected by the Conservative government’s decision to strip 18-21 year olds of housing benefit, research by the House of Commons library, commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has shown.
In total 18,000 young people across the country are expected to be affected. The Liberal Democrats have committed to reverse the cuts, which came into force at the beginning of this month.
Cornwall is already suffering from high levels of homelessness, with official figures showing there were nearly 100 rough sleepers in 2016. Charities have warned that stripping 18-21 year-olds of housing benefits could push more young people onto the streets, while research has shown it is likely to cost taxpayers more than it saves.
Anna Pascoe, Liberal Democrat candidate for Camborne Treswithian, commented:
“The short-sighted decision to strip under-21s of housing benefit risks pushing more young people in Camborne onto the streets. The local council will then be expected to pick up the cost of dealing with this, with no funding from central government.
Your support for me on Polling Day on May 4th will ensure a determined voice campaigning against this extra financial burden on local taxpayers.”