Local Housing Allowance

Theresa May has announced a U-turn over plans to apply the Local Housing Allowance cap to supported housing, a move that could have hit thousands of elderly and vulnerable people.

The Liberal Democrats have now called on the government to also U-turn on its decision to scrap housing benefit for 18-21 year-olds.

Wera Hobhouse MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Communities and Local Government, commented:

“This cap would have hit the most vulnerable in our society, including the homeless and victims of domestic violence living in shelters.

“It is right that the government has U-turned on this cruel and heartless policy.

“Ministers must now reverse their damaging decision to scrap housing benefit for 18-21s, that risks pushing more young people into homelessness.

“This would show that today’s decision was not a one-off and that the government has started to rediscover its moral conscience.”

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