Housing and vulnerable young people (updated)

According to a CYPNow article housing professionals have warned that budget cuts will result in a loss of support for vulnerable young people. Members of the Chartered Institute of Housing’s (CIH) UK housing panel estimate budget cuts of between 10 and 50% from the start of the new financial year in April.

When asked about the impact of changes to housing related support services, 27% of the panel said there would be service reductions, 17% predicted lower tenancy sustainability and increased homelessness and 15% predicted staff reductions. The senior policy officer at CIH said that cuts to services would put many young people at risk saying the most affected would be care leavers, pregnant and homeless young people.

The National Housing Federation (NHF) has obtained support from 551 local councillors to a letter to The Times that urges local authorities to think again about cutting Supporting People funding to vital services provided by charities for society’s most vulnerable people. A survey conducted by the NHF in January found that nearly three quarters of supported housing charities have been warned by their local authority to expect “disproportionate” cuts to services which support homeless people, mentally ill people, refugees, women fleeing domestic violence, care leavers and teenage parents. One in five have been told to expect cuts of over 30%.

NCVYS member the Foyer Federation is facing a 40% reduction in its Cornwall budget because of Cornwall Council’s spending cuts. There are currently six Foyer buildings across the county which provide accommodation and advice for homeless youngsters aged between 16 and 24.


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