Housing benefit is to be axed for 18-21 year-olds within weeks after ministers decided to go ahead with controversial plans to force young unemployed people to live with their parents or pay their own rent.
Labour condemned the move, which was slipped out on a quiet Friday in new regulations published to Parliament when the House of Commons was not sitting.
The new Universal Credit regulations, which are secondary not primary legislation and open to less scrutiny by MPs, state that jobless under-22s will no longer qualify for help with their rental costs.
Vulnerable people will continue to be protected, as will carers, families and those who have been in work for at least six months prior to claiming will be exempt, and those working at least 16 hours at the National Minimum Wage.
However I remain very sceptical about how this is going to be policed. Like many other cuts this will isolate another section of society who rely on needing help.
Not every young person is from a loving home, a family with 2.4 children or with a silver spoon in their mouths.
More and more young people are finding it harder to get jobs and many are kicked out or forced to leave at 16 when a lot of child benefits stop.
Its another step back to the Victorian era by the Tory party, who again show they are completely out of touch with reality.
But then again I doubt any of the policy makers have ever faced a hardship when most of them are from Cambridge or Eaton?
They are used to making love to pigs and burning money in front of homeless people. The latest cuts show they all have a warped moral compass, the busiest I have seen Parliament is when they are discussing expenses, or giving themselves another big pay rise.
I am sure more cuts will follow. The Tory’s campaign of attacking the weakest in society will continue to push many further into poverty (if that’s possible) and destitute.