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NHF: Housing benefit cuts for under-25s could cause homelessness

Responding to plans by David Cameron to stop housing benefit to those under 25 years old, David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, which represents England's housing associations, says: 

'We all want a fair housing benefit system that supports those truly in need. A home is fundamental to providing the security people need to hold down jobs and be an active member of their community. Preventing those under-25 from getting help for housing costs may increase homelessness and make it harder for young people to move to where they can find work. There could also be a huge impact on young working families relying on housing benefit to help pay their rent, or disabled people unable to work.

'The best way to keep the housing benefit bill down, by addressing the supply side, is to ensure there are enough decent quality, affordable homes. By supporting housing associations to build more homes, the Government can stimulate growth and keep rents low, which in turn stops people being caught in the poverty trap caused by high rents.

'Housing associations are working hard to implement the latest round of welfare reform changes. We need time to understand what the full impact of these changes will be before instigating more.'

Anna Brosnan
Head of Media
National Housing Federation

Direct telephone: 0207 067 1028
Email: anna.brosnan@housing.org.uk
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The National Housing Federation is the voice of affordable housing in England. We believe that everyone should have the home they need at a price they can afford. That’s why we represent the work of housing associations and campaign for better housing.

Our members provide two and a half million homes for more than five million people. And each year they invest in a diverse range of neighbourhood projects that help create strong, vibrant communities.

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Clare Bevis
Communications Officer, London, South East and East of England
National Housing Federation

Tel: 020 7067 1042

Mobile: 07876 390541

Fax: 020 7067 1011

clare.bevis@housing.org.uk
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Registered Address:
Lion Court, 25 Procter Street, London, WC1V 6NY
Registered in England, number: 302132 

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