Housing benefit claimants 'up 60%'

Andover Advertiser: Figures suggest 386,000 more people with jobs are receiving housing benefit now than in 2010 Figures suggest 386,000 more people with jobs are receiving housing benefit now than in 2010

The number of working people claiming housing benefit has risen by almost 60% since 2010, according to research commissioned by Labour.

Figures compiled by the House of Commons Library for the party suggest 386,000 more people with jobs are receiving the subsidy, up to 1,036,813 in November 2013 from 650,551 in May 2010.

Shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves said the increase was set to cost the public purse an extra £4.8 billion over this Parliament.

"These shocking figures expose the complete failure of David Cameron's Government to control housing benefit spending because more people are struggling to pay their rent.

"Since 2010 there has been a 60% increase in the number of working people claiming housing benefit costing taxpayers a staggering £4.8 billion," she said.

"The huge increase in people who are in work claiming housing benefit is the result of the Government's failure to make work pay, tackle the cost-of-living crisis and build the new homes we need.

"Labour will tackle the rising cost-of-living by freezing gas and electricity bills and we'll make work pay by restoring the value of the national minimum wage and getting more employers to pay a living wage, ensuring more people earn enough to cover the cost of living."

A spokesman for the Department for Work and Pensions said: "The truth is that the housing benefit bill was spiralling out of control in the years up to 2010, doubling to £20 billion in a decade and forecast to rise further.??

"Action this Government has taken is bringing that bill under control - saving the taxpayer over £2 billion a year. And contrary to these figures, we have seen the number of housing benefit claimants fall over the last quarter.??

"We have also taken action to help hard-working people by increasing the tax-free personal allowance, freezing fuel-duty, cutting energy bills, and introducing free school meals and tax free childcare."

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9:31am Fri 9 May 14

Thecynic says...

"The huge increase in people who are in work claiming housing benefit is the result of the Government's failure to make work pay, tackle the cost-of-living crisis and build the new homes we need."
Also as a result of more and more people forced to apply for zero hours contract jobs. Most people on these type of jobs will still be eligible for housing benefit, why not offer the majority what they want? Proper full time jobs so that they can come off benefits completely and pay their own way, while also contributing to the Country's finances.
The way it stands now, a high percentage of these over 1 million zero hours contract people still rely on benefits, even though they still have a 'job?' thus taking money from the Country rather than contributing it.
Doesn't make any sense at all to me.
"The huge increase in people who are in work claiming housing benefit is the result of the Government's failure to make work pay, tackle the cost-of-living crisis and build the new homes we need." Also as a result of more and more people forced to apply for zero hours contract jobs. Most people on these type of jobs will still be eligible for housing benefit, why not offer the majority what they want? Proper full time jobs so that they can come off benefits completely and pay their own way, while also contributing to the Country's finances. The way it stands now, a high percentage of these over 1 million zero hours contract people still rely on benefits, even though they still have a 'job?' thus taking money from the Country rather than contributing it. Doesn't make any sense at all to me. Thecynic
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10:04am Fri 9 May 14

skeptik says...

Recently we went up one place in the worlds economies to 6th - which is odd as according to some of our national rags we were bankrupt when at 5th! Keep up the good work - you know profits mean jobs. It says so in government stories.
Recently we went up one place in the worlds economies to 6th - which is odd as according to some of our national rags we were bankrupt when at 5th! Keep up the good work - you know profits mean jobs. It says so in government stories. skeptik
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10:19am Fri 9 May 14

collos25 says...

I had an increase in my state pension the same week council tax increased,transport costs increased,gas and electric I pay increased leaving me worse of..But while the rich get richer the majority get much poorer.
I had an increase in my state pension the same week council tax increased,transport costs increased,gas and electric I pay increased leaving me worse of..But while the rich get richer the majority get much poorer. collos25
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