A youth homelessness charity will give young people cash grants of up to £300 after criticising the government for failing to act on the cost of living crisis.
New Horizon Youth Centre and partners Land Aid, The Progress Foundation and Greater Change have launched the Young Londoner’s Winter Relief scheme with a £25,000 pot to prevent thousands of youngsters from losing their homes.
New Horizon chief executive Phil Kerry said the scheme, announced as Liz Truss is set to take over as prime minister, is in response to rising energy bills and inflation.
“The government may not have been willing to act so far but in our work we see every day that an urgent response is needed now,” said Kerry. “We know that this cost of living crisis will lead to the worst possible consequences for young people who are already dealt with hardship, and now also have to battle an extra barrier to reach independence and find a safe place they can call home.
“The Young Londoner’s Winter Relief scheme will buy time while waiting for structural solutions, providing a vital lifeline for young people who have no safety net.”
So far, the government has announced a £150 council tax rebate and a £400 grant to help households with energy bills as the price cap is set to hit £3,549 a year in October.