More People Needing Housing Benefit
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18 May 2014
Since 2010 the number of working people claiming housing benefit has increased by 60% nationally, costing ordinary British taxpayers an extra £4.8 billion. In Rotherham alone, the number of working people now claiming housing benefit has increased by a staggering 92%.
Working people are, since 2010, on average £1,600 a year worse off as wages have fallen while prices have soared. Many people in work can’t get the hours they need while low-paid and insecure work is forcing more people to rely on housing benefit to pay their rent.
The cost of living crisis has become so bad that hundreds of local people are now reliant on housing benefit just to keep a roof over their heads.
People want real action to tackle the cost of living crisis and the increasingly large housing benefit bill. That’s why I’m backing plans to make work pay by strengthening the national minimum wage and providing tax breaks to firms that boost pay through the Living Wage - and to deal with the housing crisis by building 200,000 homes a year by 2020.