Monday, 12 May 2014

More working people rely on housing benefit under David Cameron

Shocking rise of people in work claiming Housing Benefit

Since David Cameron became Prime Minister, the number of working people claiming housing benefit has increased by 60 per cent nationally, costing ordinary British taxpayers an extra £4.8 billion.

In Hyndburn alone, the number of working people now claiming housing benefit has increased by a staggering 55% per cent from 796 to 1236. In Rossendale the figure has risen by 45% from 524 to 759

Since 2010 working people are 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.

People in Haslingden and Hyndburn will be doubt be concerned to hear that the Tories’ cost-of-living crisis has become so bad that hundreds of hard-working local people are now reliant on housing benefit just to keep a roof over their heads.

It can’t be right that ordinary people who do the right thing and go to work have to rely on housing benefit. The Tory-led government is either unwilling or unable to do anything about this, and David Cameron seems content to let the British taxpayer pick up the bill.

People in Haslingden and Hyndburn want real action to tackle the cost-of-living crisis and the increasingly large housing benefit bill. That’s why I’m backing Labour’s plan 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.



60% increase in working people needing housing benefit

New research from the House of Commons library reveals that David Cameron’s cost of living crisis has led to a 60% increase in the number of working people needing to claim housing benefit to pay their rent since 2010. 400,000 more working people are claiming housing benefit, costing the taxpayer an estimated extra £4.8bn in housing benefit over the course of this Parliament.

Every single local authority in the UK has seen an increase in the number of people in work claiming housing benefit, the biggest increase in the country was in Croydon which has seen an astonishing 1100 per cent rise since 2010.
·         England: Total in-work claimants have increased by (60 per cent) 350,773 since 2010.
·         Wales: Total in-work claimants have increased by (59 per cent) 14,080 since 2010.
·         Scotland: Total in-work claimants have increased by (53 per cent) 21,409 since 2010.

Please find attached a PLP Briefing including a model press release, local stats by local authority and press release from Rachel Reeves and Emma Reynolds.

The huge cost to taxpayers of the 60% increase in working people claiming housing benefit since 2010: £4.8 BILLION independent.co.uk/voices/only-a-

Far from getting housing benefit bill under control, under this govt a near 60% increase of claimants in work - costing an extra 5bn


Only a #Labour govt would bring housing benefit under control by building more homes and making work pay. @RachelReevesMP #ukhousing