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Depaul's Spending Review disappointment

September 4th, 2019

Depaul UK CEO Mike Thiedke said: “We are extremely disappointed the Government has not announced an end to the five-week wait for Universal Credit. Funding to make Universal Credit work better for people who are homeless will help, but the five-week wait will still force vulnerable young people without a home to choose between taking on debt or trying to survive with no money whatsoever.

“It’s also disappointing that no action has been taken to raise local housing allowance to match rents. The gap between rents and housing benefit is trapping young people in homelessness. This gap means it will remain very hard for councils to help young people find housing, despite the welcome new £54million to tackle rough sleeping and homelessness. The Government urgently needs to address these welfare system problems.”

He added: “Depaul wants to work with the Government to bring an end to youth homelessness. To achieve this, we need investment in emergency accommodation services such as Nightstop, family services which help young people and their parents to live together, and housing and homelessness education in schools."

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