Youth homelessness rise linked to welfare reforms, report finds

Government welfare reforms, including the introduction of Universal Credit and the capping of housing benefit, are contributing to a rise in youth homelessness, a report has concluded.

 More than half of homelessness providers reported an increase in demand among young people for their services over the last year.

The Young and Homeless 2018 report by homelessness services membership body Homeless Link, includes a survey of nearly 200 providers and council representatives.

Among homelessness providers, 55 per cent reported an increase in demand among young people for their services over the last year and 45 per cent said there had been an increase in young men sleeping rough.