The Guardian said that the idea was "floated by No 10 earlier this week but is yet to be developed into a concrete proposal". A 'Downing Street source' told the paper:
"We are always looking at ways to change the welfare system to reward hard work and make work pay"and questioned if it was fair to allow unemployed young people to be able to live independently supported by housing benefits when there are many low paid young people living with their parents and who can't afford to move out.
The Mail claimed that "thousands of unemployed youngsters are claiming housing benefit through a loophole the Government is hoping to slam shut".
Housing benefit for young single private renters is already limited to the cost of renting a single room in a shared house, and the government has recently extended this restriction, which previously applied to the under 25s, to those aged 25 to 34.
Kay Boycott from Shelter warned that not all young people had family who could or would help them, telling the Guardian:
"If true, these proposals would leave thousands of vulnerable young people, many of whom may have experienced family breakdown or abuse, with nowhere else to go."