Theresa May: No humanity.

Statistics show that only around 11,000 young people are likely to be affected by the decision to cut Housing Benefit for people aged less than 22 – meaning this is an act of punishment, not an attempt to help.

The Conservatives want to punish victims – that’s right, victims – of domestic or sexual abuse; people who have been disowned because of their sexuality, gender identity or other personal attributes; and people who have been pushed out of the family home for any number of other reasons.

The Conservatives want to push these people onto the streets, where they will be at greatly increased risk of violence, sexual exploitation, substance addiction and illness, with no opportunity for help – for a start, none of them will be able to get a job without a permanent address.

Abi Wilkinson says what This Site was trying to say yesterday, but does it better:

If you want to understand what welfare cuts are really about, the decision to cut housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds provides a perfect example.

Only around 11,000 young people are expected to be affected by 2020, meaning that, in government budget terms, the money saved will be negligible.

This has nothing to do with “balancing the books” or “living within our means” – it forms part of a deeply ideological agenda.

The official advice is that those affected by the under-22 housing benefit cut should simply move back in with their parents, but the government is fully aware that many do not have this option. It’s highly unusual for childless, single, unemployed young people to move out of their family home (claimants with dependent children and those in work are exempt from the cut). Those that do usually had little choice in the matter.

There are many reasons why young adults might not be able to live with family. They could be victims of domestic or sexual abuse. They may not get on with a parent’s new partner. In some cases, there simply might not be room for them. They may have been disowned because of their sexuality, gender identity or other personal attributes. Young LGBT people are already statistically more likely to sleep rough for this reason.

The fact that only 11,000 claimants will be affected suggests that the alleged problem the cut is supposed to solve is, at most, trivial. The idea that young people are choosing to live off benefits rather than seeking work seems to be largely a figment of the imagination.

Source: Getting rid of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds won’t even save us that much money – it’s ideological cruelty

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