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Housing problems hang over under 25s

Housing problems hang over under 25s

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Updated: 06/06/2011
First Published: 06/06/2011

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Young adults are increasingly concerned about housing issues, Citizens Advice has revealed.

Statistics from the charity show that it dealt with more than 700,000 problems from people aged under 25 in the 12 months to the end of March – a similar level as the previous year.

But there has been a significant increase in the number of people seeking advice over problems with renting a home and housing benefit.

In total, the CAB saw a 14% rise in the number of calls it fielded about problems with housing.

Worryingly, the bureau also took more than 10,000 calls from under 25s that said they faced being made homeless, up by 16%.

Another 6,000 calls concerned people that had actually been made homeless, up by 25%.

Enquiries about benefits also increased in the year, rising by 8%.

"This group are finding it particularly hard at the moment, and we're seeing their money worries starting to develop into real housing problems and even homelessness," said Citizens Advice chief executive Gillian Guy.

"Across hundreds of our local bureau, we are helping young people stay on top of their bills, pay rent and keep track of changes to local services. A big problem here is that so few young people realise they can often get financial support, such as Housing Benefit."

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