Read the key points of Depaul UK’s 2020 budget representation below, or download the full document here.

Depaul UK is asking the government to:

  • Set local housing allowance, including the shared accommodation rate, at the 30th percentile of local rents, as it was until 2012
  • Scrap the five week wait for Universal Credit. Claimants should receive their first payment after two weeks, as is the case with benefits that Universal Credit is replacing
  • Reduce Universal Credit automatic deductions for claimants aged under-25. Deductions for under-25s should be limited so they are never left with less standard allowance than claimants aged over-25 subject to the maximum deduction
  • Invest in services that prevent young people sleeping rough, including emergency hosting schemes like.