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Benefit axe plan angers charity

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 04, 2012

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A WELSH charity says young people will be left out in the cold if the Government forges ahead with plans to axe housing benefit for the under 25s.

Barnardo's bosses have made the warning ahead of the Chancellor's autumn budget statement on Wednesday.

The charity is raising concerns that the plan could have a potentially devastating effect on some of the most vulnerable in society, including children leaving the care system aged just 18.

A YouGov survey carried out on behalf of the charity found more than a third of UK parents expect to offer their children financial support for the rest of their adult lives.

Barnardo's Cymru director Yvonne Rodgers, said: "The reckless proposal to remove housing benefits from under-25s risks leaving some of this country's most vulnerable young people out in the cold." She added young people are already struggling to find a job as 1 million are out of work.

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  • PJL1967  |  December 05 2012, 7:37PM

    ZoahLord, you make a very good point! I would like to add that many under 25's currently receiving housing benefit will in fact be employed, albeit on very low income. Indeed, I think it's worth mentioning that despite the impression some people seem to have, most people who receive benefits are in fact employed but on low income.

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  • ZoahLord  |  December 05 2012, 7:03PM

    There are a plethora of reasons why a young adult may not be able to live at home, but the Government should not be introducing a "tar with the same brush" policy that targets the people who's choice has been removed from them. My fiance is under 25 and disabled. She would love to work yet her disabilities and lack of experience prevent this. Granted, this is a relative example however there are young people unable to find long-term, sustainable full-time work. I was one of them for 18 months.

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  • Philosoraptor  |  December 05 2012, 10:05AM

    I don't care what you people think, I should not be paying the way of others when I have to struggle myself. Perhaps you lot should be paying me housing benefit? I bet you would have a problem with that!

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  • PJL1967  |  December 04 2012, 5:56PM

    newsaffair, I imagine you actually believe there are enough jobs out there if they really want to work but today's youngsters are just too lazy to find work? The reality is quite different I'm afraid. Don't you have any under 25 year olds in your family desperately looking for work? Surely you must? If not then maybe you also think the welfare state under threat from high levels of unemployment caused by 'lazy work-shy scroungers', rather than high levels of unemployment being deliberately created to undermine the welfare state? When the welfare state was introduced it was stated that for it to remain sustainable no more than 1 million could be unemployed. That's why the Tories (who have never really been in favour of the welfare state) always create higher levels of unemployment when they get into power, all the while blaming the lazy work-shy scroungers' for the demise of our society. They are treating the masses like a gullible idiots and I for one am not buying it! tellyon is right. We should all be directing our anger at tax avoidance, not benefit claimants who are reliant on the welfare state!

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  • Neathboy234  |  December 04 2012, 5:39PM

    tellyon i agree. We live in a strange society where the rich don't pay any taxes, and the poor go around giving valid reasons why the rich shouldn't pay tax. I guess brainwashing does work after all, well on some anyway.

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  • tellyon  |  December 04 2012, 5:35PM

    That's the wayfolks. Lay into the poor while the super-rich billionairs continue to feed of us like leeches and dodge their tax. I just can't wait to get back to that good ol' 1930's style poverty. I won't have so long to wait now! Great.

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  • Neathboy234  |  December 04 2012, 5:21PM

    Portal_Bot quite right. What's more we are very lucky here in the UK that we have lots of young and health E Europeans moving here. With a birthrate less than 1.4 children/couple for indigenous Brits, if it wasn't for these incomers them there wouldn't be enough young people to keep the old in a fashion that they have become accustom to. Remember that the next time UKIP or the BNP knock on your door

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  • GorsseinonJoe  |  December 04 2012, 5:19PM

    gengis, if you are going to make a statement you really must make sure it's accurate as you may create what the Labour Party is reknowned for.... propaganda. The government is not scrapping the winter fuel allowance which will still be paid at between £100 and £300 depending on your circumstances. Any increase that people don't get cannot be missed as they never had it in the first place. If benefits were taken from those who didn't need it, there would be more money available for those who actually do need it.

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  • Portal_Bot  |  December 04 2012, 5:01PM

    Get rid of the young and you'll have nobody to look after your welfare and wipe your backside when you become too frail to do it yourself. Amazing how so many are in favour of destroying the advantages of living in a reasonably rich and advanced section of the civilised world.

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  • gengis  |  December 04 2012, 4:54PM

    "..pensioners in particular should think twice before castigating others for claiming benefits" But they had it right tough in the form of food rationing and post war depression.. with only a black and white tele and handful of hot ashes for warmth- if they were lucky! Dont talk to them about austerity, The people of today dont know they are born, The people of today need to get out and find a job-like they had to...etc etc ...or so I've heard! With the budget looming, I wouldn't be at all surprised if the pensioners were targeted next. There's a lot of money to be saved there. They've already lost their winter heating allowances (which,if we have a severe winter, could reap a nice saving for the government)

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