Thursday, 16 August 2012

Cambridge MP Huppert Discusses Feared Housing Benefit Cut For Under 25S

MP Julian Huppert met Cambridgeshire and Peterborough YMCA Chief Executive, Jonathan Martin to discuss David Cameron’s suggestion to cut Housing Benefit for the under 25s.

Mr Cameron put forward the idea as part of his vision for what a future Conservative Government might do - it is not government policy and has been rejected by the Lib Dems.

It would affect hundreds of thousands of young people across the country including the 16 to 25-year-olds staying at the county’s YMCA hostel.

The hostel takes homeless young people referred from local council housing departments and support charities. About 15 per cent of the young people at Cambridge's YMCA come from care homes, which cost much more to run than the cost of YMCA housing.

Julian also discussed programmes to develop training for the YMCA residents, and help them find employment.

After their meeting Mr Martin praised Julian on Twitter saying: “He was very insightful and supportive.”

Julian said: “Mr Cameron's suggestions in this case are short sighted and poorly thought through - it is a chilling reminder of what an all-Tory government could do. Many young people do not live independently through choice, but because they have no other options.

“It is simply wrong to assume that they could all stay at home with a supportive family. Depriving these people of somewhere to live is a damaging idea, and would probably end up costing the state even more money.

“I am proud that Liberal Democrats are standing firm against these proposals.I hope the Tories will see their error, and drop them from their manifesto for the next election.”