Forthcoming cuts to Housing Benefit will reduce payments to social tenants if their rent is currently higher than the amount of Housing Benefit they would receive in the private rented sector. For single people under 35 this means that their housing benefit will be capped at the level deemed necessary to rent a room in a shared house, which may be significantly lower than rents on one bedroom social rented flats. In addition, some 18-21 year olds will lose all entitlement to Housing Benefit.
This research was commissioned by Community Housing Cymru and the Welsh Local Government Association. It drew on a survey of young people in Wales, focus groups, interviews with key stakeholders and landlords and analysis of data on current living patterns.