ARE YOU HOMELESS, SOFA SURFING OR AT RISK?

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Chance to Move On Campaign

We are calling on the Government to support young people facing homelessness with no one to turn to. Universal Credit should be enough to cover food and bills while they get back on their feet. Everyone should have a Chance To Move On from homelessness.

Chance to Move On Campaign

Many young people have no choice but to live independently, particularly if they have experienced abuse, bereavement or homelessness. Universal Credit can be a lifeline for young people with no one to turn to, yet the current system treats them unfairly because of their age.

Right now, thousands of young people are forced to choose between either paying the bills or putting food on the table. The problem is that under-25s receive less Universal Credit for living costs, which puts those living independently at serious risk of homelessness.

 

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Sign our campaign

We are calling on the Government to raise the Universal Credit standard allowance for under-25s living independently to match the amount over-25s receive. This will help young people to cover basic living costs and reduce their risk of homelesness. Will you join us? Add your name now.

Show your support for our campaign

Understanding Universal Credit

Young people under the age of 25 receive less Universal Credit, which leaves them with tough choices to make. Watch our explainer video to find out how this can leave young people vulnerable to homelessness.

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Take action: Email your MP

Young people are most likely to lose their job during the coronavirus crisis. Yet under-25s receive less Universal Credit to help with food and bills. Without family support, many face hunger and homelessness. Email your MP to call for change 

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Why does Universal Credit not cover living costs?

Under-25s receive less Universal Credit standard allowance for living costs. This leaves young people living independently struggling to pay the bills and afford essentials. As a result, they are put at serious risk of homelessness.

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A Universal Credit advance can provide quicker support, but this debt is paid off each month, leaving less money for living costs.

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Under-25s receive up to £67 less Universal Credit for living costs each month.

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Under-25s also receive less Universal Credit for housing costs, so money for food and bills goes on rent.

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Once rent, bills and debts are paid, under-25s do not have enough money for food, clothes and basic hygiene products.

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Parliamentary Briefing

A parliamentary briefing on the Chance to Move On campaign, detailing the case for a change in the law, including facts, figures, costing and a case study.

Read our briefing

Our research

We wanted to understand why young people were struggling to move on from homelessness and what needed to change to give them the chance to move on. 

Youth Obligation Report

The Youth Obligation is designed to support young people aged 18 to 21, who are making a new Universal Credit claim, into employment, work-related training or an apprenticeship. Read how it is failing to support the most disadvantaged claimants, including homeless young people, into work.

Talkin' 'bout my generation

The last five decades have seen massive change to the UK housing market. No age group has been more affected by these changes than young people as they transition to adulthood and independence. This report sets our campaign in context. 

Ready to Move On

This report outlines the barriers to homeless young people accessing longer-term accommodation and makes some key recommendations, including ensuring Universal Credit covers the real cost of renting locally - for under 25s leaving homelessness accommodation.

Universal Credit Guides

If you're struggling to understand Universal Credit or want to know how to support someone on Universal Credit, take a look at some of our guides. 

Guide to Universal Credit: General Accommodation

This guide is for young people living in general needs or move-on accommodation, such as private or social rented housing, to help make sense of Universal Credit.

Universal Credit Guide: Supported Accommodation

Universal Credit rolls six existing benefits into one monthly payment. This guide is for young people living in supported accommodation, such as a hostel.