The UK Government today took the decision to reverse the restriction on the housing element of Universal Credit for 18-21 year olds. This means that all young people will now be entitled to support with their housing costs, and will have the same entitlements as people older than them. 

We welcome today's decision, having campaigned strongly against the original restrictions, and having seen first-hand the impact the restrictions had on some of the most vulnerable young people in the UK. 

Llamau Chief Executive, Frances Beecher said,

We argued strongly against the original policy which we could see was potentially unworkable and would potentially leave thousands of young people with nowhere to live. In practice the restrictions put many more young people at risk of becoming homeless. 

We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported us with the campaign, whether signing petitions or lobbying their MPs. With your support we've succeeded in reversing an unfair and unjust policy which would have left thousands of young people without a safe home, if allowed to continue.