The coalition’s plans targeted at trimming the social security bill have thus far fallen disproportionately on the youth demographic, and disabled people, regardless of older people being given 47 per cent of UK welfare expenditure by means of state pensions.
Abandoning housing benefit for under 25s is one crucial strategy made public at the Conservative Party conference last year. The Conservatives appear to be intent on cutting the benefits bill for the 1.1 million young people aged 16-24 who are out of work, in spite of the absence of jobs for them to go into.
Normally numerous young people settle to promote their expertise by going to university and university requests attained a record high in 2013 in spite of a fall in 2012. But a degree no longer promises a well paid occupation, or any occupation, and many of those leaving university are finding themselves on jobseekers allowance, making efforts to find work with little skill in a permeated labour market.
Some claim housing benefit, although others go back to live with parents, if that is feasible, and at the end of January it was said that last year 49 per cent of 20-24 year olds were already living with their parents, a 7 per cent increase since 2008.
Those living with their parents in this age group were more likely to be out of work and investigation associates becoming unemployed by going back to the parental home. These statistics disregard tens of thousands of young people living with partners or their own children in their parents’ home.
Nonetheless, what about those young people who can’t go back to their family home, for whatever reason? What of those whose parents are dead or who were abused? Whose families plainly don’t have the room, maybe because they have moved into smaller homes as a consequence of the bedroom tax? Or where relationships have irretrievably broken down?
The Citizens Advice Bureau issued statistics which showed enormous rises in the number of young people searching for assistance about homelessness. In the space separating 2007/8 and 2012/3, the Citizens Advice Bureau saw a 57 per cent growth in young people seeking help about actual homelessness and a 39 per cent increase in difficulties for young people with threatened homelessness.
In their yearly assessment issued following January, Homeless Links high pointed the reality that of those homeless people under 25 who approached the local authority for assistance, 44 per cent said their parents were no longer willing to house them.
As nearly half of young people aged 20-24 are already living with their parents, it would appear that nearly all of those who have the choice to return home, already have done so. It is implausible that abandoning housing benefit for under 25s will mean that many of these claimants will go back to living with parents, instead many will be shoved out of their homes and onto the streets where their chances of locating work are decreased to next to nothing.
People require their fundamental physiological requirements fulfilled, food, water, shelter and warmth, before they are inspired to centre on higher levels of requirements up to self actualisation. By taking away the most fundamental footing of help in the shape of housing benefit from the most helpless jobless young people, the Conservatives will be sentencing these young people to a brutal circle of competition, rather than allowing them to find their potential.