Homeless people under 35 are facing a serious housing shortage this Christmas after Government benefit cuts, a charity warned today.
Crisis, which is providing emergency shelter over the festive period, said 62,500 homeless adults aged between 25 and 34 received lower levels of benefit this year after the Government said they could only claim the cost of shared accommodation rather than more expensive individual flats.
Only 1.5% of available properties across the UK were willing to rent to benefit claimants aged under 35 and only 13% were priced within their benefit rates, according to a Crisis survey conducted by its staff who posed as claimants and tried to rent more than 4,000 rooms.
– Leslie Morphy, the charity's chief executive
This snapshot of a typical rental search for a single person builds a picture of desperate shortage, particularly for those restricted to lower housing benefits, and shows that landlords are reluctant to take on benefits claimants.