The PM has suggested that benefits will be cut for Housing Benefit claimants under the age of 25, so it may be helpful to view the figures. This table is drawn from the August release on Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit, Table 9a.
|25 – 34||894,200||268,820||427,020||23,870||174,490|
|35 – 44||964,350||349,180||385,230||23,000||206,940|
|45 – 49||470,420||251,080||121,250||23,590||74,500|
|50 – 54||383,770||250,670||52,150||37,400||43,560|
|55 – 59||312,690||229,400||16,540||46,930||19,820|
|60 – 64||333,700||250,030||5,680||68,290||9,710|
The under-25s represent 8 per cent of claimants. Single people under the age of 35 have already had their entitlement limited to a single room rate, so the entitlement of those under 25 is less than the average claimant. It follows that government cannot achieve the level of savings it is hoping for by focusing on this group alone.