Official figures show that the cost of housing benefit to the taxpayer has increase dramatically since the government introduced the bedroom tax. As was predicted by many commentators, the government initiative has done nothing to reduce the welfare bill, and is nothing more than a social engineering exercise.
Steven Preece from the Welfare News Service (original article) reports:
High rental costs in the private housing sector are causing a surge in Housing Benefit costs, figures show.
The private housing sector has seen an unprecedented rise in recent years, whilst the number of social housing homes have continued to suffer since ‘Right To Buy’ legislation was introduced under Margaret Thatcher’s Tory government in 1979.
For the first time since the 1960′s there are now more families living in privately rented properties than social housing provided by local authorities or social housing landlords.
Rental costs in the private sector can be as…
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