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BENEFITS RULES HIT YOUNG PEOPLE

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Tightening the screw on already hard-pressed young people will only worsen their financial and emotional hardship, ...
Tightening the screw on already hard-pressed young people will only worsen their financial and emotional hardship, the Chartered Institute of Housing has warned.

CIH chief executive Christine Laird spoke out in the wake of this week's new housing benefit regulations and the full introduction of the jobseekers' allowance.

Single people under 25 can now receive housing benefit for only 70% of a local 'reference rent', limited to the cost of non self-contained accommodation.

'The only practicable policy to reduce housing benefit is to stop rents rising faster than inflation and increase the supply of affordable housing,' said Ms Laird.
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