Ending Universal Credit uplift will disproportionately affect 918,000 young people in their housing, working and living experiences

YMCA research into government figures reveals the true extent of potential damage to some of the most vulnerable among the 918,000 young people currently claiming Universal Credit if the £20 a week uplift is removed on 6 October.

For a young person leaving supported accommodation and relying on Universal Credit, there are typically three housing options: social, shared or one-bedroom accommodation. While the current uplift provides more opportunity to find the best fit for each individual, after that £20 is removed the only viable option for many young people is shared housing – an option often not suited to those with complex lives.  

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  • Publish DateThu, 16 Sep 2021
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