Younger people need more PRS support

The all-party parliamentary group on the PRS is calling on the government to review housing benefit rules and to loosen planning restrictions on rented property. The report makes several recommendations, including calling for a review of the shared accommodation rate rules, which means single people under 35 can only claim housing benefit for a room in a shared house.

The report calls for Government to inspect weather planning powers, known as Article 4 Directions, are unduly restricting the supply of new private homes for rent.

Oliver Colvile MP, chairman of the all-party parlimentary group on the PRS, said: ‘Growing numbers of young people rely on the private rented sector for homes. We need to make sure that the benefits tax and planning framework we have in place allows them to find the homes they need, at a price they can afford. The government and local authorities need to work together to maximise the supply of good private rented homes available.’

The private rented sector has the highest proportion of young people of any housing tenure. 18% of all English households now rent privately with more than half of the tenants being under 35.

Student rental apartment by State Farm is licensed and edited under creative commons 

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