Number Of In-Work Housing Benefit Claimants Rockets 60% Under The Coalition

The number of people ‘in-work’ and claiming Housing Benefit has rocketed by 60% since the coalition government took office in 2010, latest figures show.

According to figures compiled by the House of Commons Library on behalf of the Labour Party, the number of Housing Benefit claimants who are in-work and struggling to keep up with their rent payments increased from 650,561 in May 2010 to 1.03 million by the end of 2013, and is continuing to rise.

It is believed that the shocking increase in the number of working people claiming Housing Benefit will cost taxpayers (which includes the claimants) an estimated £4.8 billion extra by May 2015, rubbishing sensationalist and derogatory articles in the likes of the Daily Mail and The Sun newspapers, who frequently refer to benefit claimants as “skivers” and “scroungers”.

 The total amount spent on Housing Benefit is expected to reach £21.9 billion over the five years between 2010 to 2015 and could rise to as much as £25 billion by 2017.

In England alone the number of in-work Housing Benefit claimants has risen by 350,783 since 2010. Scotland has seen the figure rise by 21,409 and in Wales an extra 14,080 working people are now seeking help to pay their rent.

Source – Welfare News Service  08 May 2014

http://welfarenewsservice.com/number-work-housing-benefit-claimants-rockets-60-coalition/

 

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