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Housing issues on the rise for under 25s says Citizens Advice

6 June 2011

Young people account for 1 in 4 of all homelessness enquiries to the charity

The number of under 25s seeking help with benefits and housing issues is rising according to national charity Citizens Advice. Between April 2010 and March 2011 Citizens Advice Bureaux across England and Wales dealt with over 700,000 problems from people under the age of 25.

Citizens Advice Chief Executive Gillian Guy said:

“With nearly a million 16-24 year olds unemployed, it’s no surprise that so many young people are coming to Citizens Advice for practical help and advice. This group are finding it particularly hard at the moment, and we’re seeing their money worries starting to develop into real housing problems and even homelessness.

“Across hundreds of our local bureaux, we are helping young people stay on top of their bills, pay rent and keep track of changes to local services. A big problem here is that so few young people realise they can often get financial support, such as Housing Benefit.

“While it can be daunting to seek advice, our work shows that the sooner you tackle a problem, the easier it is to put right.”

The top 10 problems that under 25s sought advice on in 2010/11 were:

IssueRanking 09/10Number of problems
1) Housing BenefitNo. 227,841  (up 2%)
2) Privately rented propertyNo. 326,204  (up 10%)
3) Unsecured personal loansNo.125,594  (-10%)
4) Jobseeker's allowanceNo. 621,187  (up 2%)
5) Working and child tax creditsNo.720,114  (up 9%)
6) Bank and building society overdraftsNo.519,942  (-16%)
7) Debt Relief OrdersNo.1219,681  (up 27%)
8) Credit, Store and Charge card debtsNo.419,055  (-23 %)
9) Telephone and broadband debtsNo.1018,682  (up 7%)
10) Pay and entitlementsNo.818,350  (up 5%)

Growth in housing issues

More young people needing advice on benefits

Disability related benefits have seen the biggest increases in problems for young people:

Credit enquiries down, but insolvency up

Gillian Guy continued:

“Citizens Advice is the UK’s biggest advice charity and helps people of any age, with any problem. Under 25s often have specific issues, so we’ve now pulled together lots of useful information in one place at: advice4me.org.uk. As well as via a computer, the site is compatible to view on mobile phones so you can get advice ‘on the go’. Our advice is free and confidential and as well as the site, we have friendly advisers at over 3,500 community locations in England and Wales.”

* The Citizens Advice report Not working looks at problems with the work capability assessment for ESA:

For full 2010/11 statistics outlining enquiry numbers to Citizens Advice Bureaux for all age groups see:

Citizens Advice

Notes to editors:

  1. This year the Citizens Advice service celebrates its 75th anniversary. We’ve planned a year of activity running from January to December 2014. Contact the press office to find out more.
  2. The Citizens Advice service comprises a network of local bureaux, all of which are independent charities, the Citizens Advice consumer service and national charity Citizens Advice. Together we help people resolve their money, legal and other problems by providing information and advice and by influencing policymakers. For more see the Citizens Advice website.
  3. The advice provided by the Citizens Advice service is free, independent, confidential, and impartial, and available to everyone regardless of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, age or nationality.
  4. To find your local bureau in England and Wales, visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk. You can also get advice online at www.adviceguide.org.uk
  5. You can get consumer advice from the Citizens Advice consumer service on 08454 04 05 06 or 08454 04 05 05 for Welsh language speakers
  6. Citizens Advice Bureaux in England and Wales advised 2.1 million clients on 6.6 million problems from April 2012 to March 2013. For full 2012/2013 service statistics see our quarterly publication Advice trends
  7. Citizens Advice service staff are supported by more than 22,000 trained volunteers, working at over 3,000 service outlets across England and Wales.