Lib Dem manifesto: Candidate says housing benefit is vital to avoid homelessness crisis

'Many people will become homeless if we don't reinstate housing benefit for young people', says Lib Dems

The Liberal Democrats want to reinstate housing benefit for 18-21 year olds

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Housing benefit must be restored for 18-21 year olds else many people will end up on the streets, according to Liberal Democrat candidate Tom Brake.

Tim Farron's party launched its manifesto today and has said it will reinstate housing benefit for young people, axed by the Tories last month.

Brake told Julia Hartley-Brewer that the current government has an unrealistic expectation that all 18-21 year olds can live at home, but Julia argued this doesn't mean they should all be entitled to housing benefit.

He then pointed out that those at university or in work would not be entitled.

The party manifesto also calls for a second referendum on Brexit. Brake says this is vital because we don't know what the final deal negotiated with Brussels will look like.

He said: "Not everyone who voted for Brexit thought we were going to come out of the single market" - a comment which drew a sharp response from Julia, who pointed out that Nick Clegg made this connection perfectly clear during the campaign.

Julia went on to say that the party hasn't previously called for referendums on other treaties in the past, so this shouldn't be any different.

Listen to the full interview above