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 essentials while they get back on their feet. Everyone should have a fair Chance To Move On from homelessness.

Chance to Move On Campaign


Universal Credit is a lifeline that could give homeless young people the chance to move on. But because of their age, under-25s receive less support, forcing them to choose between paying the bills and putting food on the table. 

The Chance To Move On campaign has already changed government policy to help homeless young people cover the rent. Now we want to make sure that, in times of crisis, young people have access to food and essentials.

In the wake of coronavirus, Universal Credit has been temporarily increased by £20 each week. The Government should keep this lifeline and go further to make Universal Credit fair for homeless young people.

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The Government is making important spending decisions right now. We want to make sure no young person goes hungry or homeless. Will you join us? Add your name to our letter.

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Take action: Email your MP

Young people are facing hunger and homelessness in your area. You can help call for change by emailing your local MP. We can put you in touch now.

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Understanding Universal Credit

Watch our explainer video to find out how Universal Credit can leave young people vulnerable to homelessness.

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.

History of the Campaign

The Chance To Move On campaign has already changed government policy to help homeless young people cover the cost of rent - check out our progress so far.

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.