Under 25’s account for one in four calls to CAB

The number of under 25’s seeking help with benefits and housing issues is rising according to national charity Citizens Advice.

Between April 2010 and March 2011 Citizens Advice Bureaux across England and Wales dealt with over 700,000 problems from people under the age of 25.

Enquiries from under 25’s about housing issues have risen 14% compared with 2009/10, while enquiries about benefits are up 8%.

Enquiries on debt and employment have remained static.

Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, says: “With nearly a million 16-24 year olds unemployed, it’s no surprise that so many young people are coming to Citizens Advice for practical help and advice. This group are finding it particularly hard at the moment, and we’re seeing their money worries starting to develop into real housing problems and even homelessness.

“Across hundreds of our local bureaux, we are helping young people stay on top of their bills, pay rent and keep track of changes to local services. A big problem here is that so few young people realise they can often get financial support, such as Housing Benefit.

“While it can be daunting to seek advice, our work shows that the sooner you tackle a problem, the easier it is to put right.”