David Burrowes calls for protection of those most at risk of homelessness

7th March 2017

Following the Government statement on changes to the automatic entitlement to housing costs for some 18 to 21-year-olds, David Burrowes calls on the Government to defer changes for those most at risk of homelessness until the outcome of the supported housing review is known.

The YMCA tells me that, from April, it may not be able to house young people with the most complex needs, those with addictions and mental health conditions, those who may not be able to learn or earn, and those who cannot or will not stay at home or, indeed, access temporary accommodation. In relation to supported housing for vulnerable people, which is at stake, will the Minister clarify the scope of the exemption in regulation 4B(e), and defer the application of the impact on those at most risk of homelessness until we know the outcome of the supported housing review?

 

The YMCA has been involved in the consultation process. As I believe I said at an event downstairs last night, it is always a trusted adviser that provides excellent advice and information. Absolutely: those with complex needs and mental health conditions will be exempt from this policy.

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