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Housing Benefit: Young People

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 908070, tabled on 20 December 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of his Department's policy to remove housing benefit from 18 to 21 year olds on their living standards.

Answered on

9 January 2017

This policy will ensure young people in the benefit system face the same choices as young people who are in work but may not be able to afford to leave home.

By encouraging young people to stay in the family home, this policy will improve work incentives and, under the Youth Obligation, more young adults will move into work, improving their living standards.

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