Whilst the Tory Party pat themselves on the back at conference for the misery their welfare reforms have caused, recently updated benefit expenditure figures make a mockery of any claims that these vicious cuts were carried out to save money.
Housing Benefit (or Local Housing Allowance) makes up one of the largest parts of social security spending and every last penny of it goes to landlords. Ever since this government weren’t elected they have made brutal cuts to this vital benefit which pays for the UK’s poorest people to have a roof over theirs heads. Despite this the Housing Benefit bill is soaring and expcted to rise even further.
£24.8 billion was handed out to landlords in the form of Housing Benefit cheques in 2012/13 – the latest year for which exact figures are available. This is a rise of £2.7 billion, in real terms annual spending on Housing Benefit…
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