There is growing concern about the ‘Full Employment and Welfare Benefits Bill’ amongst the charity sector reports the NCVO this week.
This bill was the centrepiece of the Queen’s speech (the speech the Queen gives to announce the intentions of the new government). The bill includes a commitment to creating three million apprenticeships, but also significant reforms to welfare provision. In particular:
Plans to ban 18 to 21 year-olds from claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) or Housing Benefit. JSA will be replaced with a Youth Allowance, time-limited to six months. Young adults will also no longer be automatically entitled to receive Housing Benefit, and will instead be expected to remain within the family home.
Tracy from LGBT Youth North West said: ‘We are meant to be supporting the next generation, not making things harder for them.’
There are growing fears that those being persecuted in their homes by homophobic or transphobic parents will have less options to break free, and may end up in a more risky situation as a result.