Research from the House of Commons library has revealed 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.
- Bromley – along with every single local authority in the UK – has seen an increase in the number of people in work claiming housing benefit. The number has increased from 3014 in May 2010 to 4827 in November 2013 – a dramatic 60% increase.
- Nationally, 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.
- The biggest increase in the country was in nearby Croydon, which has seen a 1100% rise since 2010 – up from 1051 to 12610.
The huge increase in working people who need to claim housing benefit to help pay their rent 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 is committed to:
- freezing gas and electricity bills for a period
- making work pay better by restoring the value of the minimum wage
- encouraging more employers to pay a living wage;
- building at least 200,000 new homes by 2020
- curbing the excesses of the private rented sector by banning rip-off letting agent fees for tenants and introducing long-term stable tenancies with predictable rents.