Housing benefit and age discrimination

Young single people are not entitled to the same rate of housing welfare in the private rental sector as those over 35.

Being regarded as less in need than other groups in terms of housing has resulted in a policy that puts young people at a disadvantage and makes them one of the most vulnerable groups in terms of housing rights.

This report looks at the impact of cuts to the housing welfare (called Local Housing Allowance) that is available in England and Wales to young people aged 18 to 34, and living in the private rental sector and is based on findings from the research project ‘Hitting Home: Single People, Housing Benefit Reform and Equalities Law’.

The research was conducted by Dr Eleanor Wilkinson and Dr Iliana Ortega-Alcázar at the University of Southampton, funded by a grant from the Economic & Social Research Council.

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