Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:53 pm on 21st January 2015.

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Photo of Simon Danczuk Simon Danczuk Labour, Rochdale 2:53 pm, 21st January 2015

I completely take on board that point. We cannot remove such support. The lender of last resort should be the Government, the state or local authorities. A raft of support is always needed at the 11th hour, at the worst point in a person’s life, but it is being taken away completely.

In the short term, steps can be taken. A simple one would be to reverse the cut in local welfare assistance and to allow councils to get support to vulnerable people before it is too late. Spending that small amount of money—£130 million is small in the scale of things—would help to prevent more money from having to be spent for a bigger cost further down the line. Most importantly, it would prevent thousands of young people from ending up on the streets, giving them a chance for a better life.