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A very recent survey by Shelter suggests that 68% of Conservative councillors and 80% of Lib Dems object to plans to limit rises in local housing allowance rates to the CPI (consumer prices index) measure of inflation from 2013 - rather than setting them in relation to local rent costs. They feared that the plans would lead to a rise in homelessness.

The housing benefit changes have raised many concerns and are widely thought to steadily bite on poor renters, vulnerable and disadvantaged.

For example, some cuts will hit parents with grown-up children where their kids move out because of the new restrictions on the size of the house that parents would then be entitled to. They would also be hit if the kids stay at home as they will be expected to have an increased contribution from their kids towards the rent.

Private tenants are already restricted to the bottom half of the market, and will soon be barred from looking beyond the slum sector – the bottom 30%. In defiance of all reason, harsh new rent caps will be pegged to consumer prices that have nothing to do with housing.

The National Housing Federation (NHF), which represents English housing associations, estimates that 1.3 million people are at risk of losing their homes.

In highlighting the impact of the cuts in housing benefits, the NHF estimates that the average rent for a three-bedroom council home could go up from £85 to £250 a week which most deprived families would not be able to afford.


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