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Bassetlaw: Homelessness problems for under-25s on the rise across district

Bassetlaw CAB, Queens Buildings, Worksop G130912-2b

Bassetlaw CAB, Queens Buildings, Worksop G130912-2b

An increasing number of under 25s are seeking advice on housing issues in Bassetlaw, according to new figures.

Bassetlaw Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) have dealt with 35 under 25s seeking advice on 49 housing issues in the past year.

With nearly one million young people out of work, director of Bassetlaw CAB, Stephen Saddington, has warned that finding the money and affordable housing to keep a roof over their head is a major challenge for people just out of school or university.

For those young people in work, getting fair treatment is also a growing problem, with 40 young people helped in Bassetlaw about terms and conditions of employment.

Mr Saddington said: “The tough jobs market means it is extremely hard for young people to find and keep stable employment. Trying to look for and hold down a job without a roof over your head is an almost impossible task.”

“The young people we help in Bassetlaw are interested in what they can offer not what they can take. When they finish school or university it can be extremely disheartening not to be able to find work, leave home and live independently. It’s important that help is there for young people to ensure they can make the transition from education into employment.”

“We have 18 young adults aged under 25 from Bassetlaw who volunteer with us and give their all to help clients deal with all sorts of problems.”

“These are people who desperately want to contribute and it is completely unacceptable that so many are unable to keep a roof over their head.”

From 2007/08 to 2012/13, CAB nationally saw a 57 per cent increase in problems for young people about actual homelessness; a 39 per cent for young people with threatened homelessness; a 49 per cent increase for young people with terms and conditions of employment and a 10 per cent increase involving pay and entitlements in employment.

CAB chief executive, Gillian Guy, said: “The hangover for young people resulting from the credit crunch will not lift overnight. Despite recent welcome economic progress, the impact of the recession has been horribly tough. Not only are nearly one million young people out of work, but increasing numbers of them are finding themselves without a home.”

The CAB figures following speculation that Housing Benefit for under 25s could be cut.

 

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