HC Deb 05 February 1990 vol 166 cc518-9W
27. Mr. Atkinson

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what benefits are available for young people aged under 18 years who leave home to help them find accommodation; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Scott

Discretionary social fund crisis loans are available to young homeless people for rent in advance and essential items of furniture where this is the only means of avoiding a serious risk to the health and safety of the applicant. In addition young people likely to receive income support on leaving institutional, residential or local authority care are one of the priority groups for community care grants and may be eligible for start-up grants to help them to establish themselves in the community.

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