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What's more, even if they find a property, for most people, this lower Shared Accommodation Rate doesn't cover the rent, causing hardship and risking homelessness.
In February 2011, Labour MP for Dagenham and Rainham, Jon Cruddas, secured an adjournment debate in the House of Commons, raising the real problems behind this decision and urging the Minister for Work and Pensions, Steve Webb, to rethink.
Single 25-34 year olds who have lived in a homeless hostel for more than three months will still to be entitled to a modest one bed flat.
The Government has at last recognised the risk that the alternative - of unsuitable shared accommodation - could lead to repeat homelessness.
This was fantastic in raising the profile of our campaign as we continued to push for change.
In July 2011, the Government announced two key exemptions from the plans.
We know that the SAR causes considerable problems for young people, with many unable to secure or sustain affordable accommodation and left facing shortfalls, arrears and homelessness.
In January 2012, the Government extended this lower rate to claimants under the age of 35.
The cuts mean that 25 to 34 year-olds' only hope is now to find a room in a shared house but there is only a limited pool of this type of accommodation available.We remain very disappointed that the Government has gone ahead with this damaging cut.