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Provide housing allowance for Care leavers aged 16 to 25

Submitted by sophie hannington on Wednesday 13th May 2020

Published on Friday 24th July 2020

Current status: Open

Open until: Sunday 24th January 2021

Current Signatures: 11,273
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10 years ~ billing ~ Bills ~ Council ~ council tax ~ Leavers ~ Tax ~ Young people

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Provide housing allowance for Care leavers aged 16 to 25

Petition Details

I left care at 16 years old 10 years ago and because I was working as an apprentice I couldnt afford my own home or supported housing.
10 years on young people still often avoid apprenticeships as the low wage doesn't cover their bills.
I want more financial support for low income care leavers.

Additional Information

Young people are given low wages because they are assumed to be living with families, what happens to young people who have left care with no family and now have to face rent, council tax, bills and the prospect of being homeless.
We should be encouraging young people to work yet they are still choosing not to because wages do not cover their extensive bills.
I want to introduce flexible benefits to working care leavers aged 16-25 so they can afford supported or adequate unsupported housing.


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