North East sees 48% rise in housing benefit claimants since 2010

The number of housing benefit claims made in the North East has almost doubled since 2010, an analysis of Government data has shown.

The Labour Party says low pay and soaring housing costs have led to the sharp rise, and criticised the Tories for allowing the benefits bill to escalate.

Labour’s Shadow Secretary for Work and Pensions, Rachel Reeves said the cost of housing benefit has risen to £1.3bn since 2010.

While London saw the highest rise in the country at 52%, the North East was a close second with 48%.

Catherine McKinnell, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Newcastle North said:

“This government has been content to build an economy based on low paid jobs. Our region has seen a huge increase in the number of working people forced to claim in work benefits to pay housing costs.

“This isn’t the way to build prosperity for the long-term. Labour has a better plan for the North East and will boost pay by increasing the minimum wage to £8 an hour, and by cutting taxes for working people with a lower 10p starting rate.”

While the region still has the highest unemployment rate in the country at 8%, with 103,000 people out of work, the number out of work fell by 15,000 on the previous quarter, representing a general trend.

But Ms Reeves added the quality and pay of jobs was damaging the economy and regions like the North East.

She said: “Since 2010 David Cameron has failed to tackle low pay and high housing costs leading to a 36% increase in the number of working people claiming housing benefit.

“And another five years of Tory failure to tackle high housing costs and low pay will lead to a 20% increase in the number of working people claiming housing benefit, costing £1.3bn. David Cameron’s failure to tackle housing benefit shows the Tory plan is failing.

“Labour has a better plan to control the housing benefit bill and tackle the root causes of rising spending; low pay and high housing costs. A Labour government will raise the national minimum wage to £8 an hour before 2020, give tax rebates to firms who pay a Living Wage and build at least 200,000 homes a year by 2020.”

Source – Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 10 Apr 2015

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2 comments

  1. Chris

    NO LOSS TO LABOUR, WITHOUT THE PARTIES OF THE POOR OF THE LEFT
    LABOUR CANNOT RULE UK GOVERNMENT
    AS REDUCED TO LESS THAN 190 MPs AFTER SNP WIN IN SCOTLAND
    WHO PAY COUNCIL TAX SUPPORT AND BEDROOM TAX OF THE SCOT POOR

    Darlington,
    TUSC Alan Docherty

    16,891 Labour win in 2010

    25,272 did not vote in 2010

    10,046 votes wasted on Lib Dems

    13,503 votes wasted on Tories

    Jarrow,
    TUSC Norman Hall

    20,910 Labour win in 2010

    25,566 did not vote in 2010

    7,163 votes wasted on Lib Dems

    8,002 votes wasted on Tories

    Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland,
    CLASS WAR Mark Chadburn

    18,138 voters Labour win in 2010

    26,452 did not vote in 2010

    7,340 votes wasted in Lob Dems

    16,461 votes wasted on Tories

    Newcastle East,
    TUSC Paul Phillips

    Voter turnout about 59 per cent.

    North Tyneside
    TUSC Tim Wall

    23,505 Labour win in 2010

    31,285 did not vote

    10,621 votes wasted in Lib Dems

    8,514 votes wasted on Tories

    AS LOW VOTER TURNOUTS AS WHEN MILLIONS OF MEN HAD DIED IN FIRST WORLD WAR
    The Electoral Commission said 2010 was the third lowest figure since universal male suffrage began in 1918 (women had not got the vote properly til between the wars).

    MOST GAINS BY THE PARTIES OF THE POOR WOULD BE AT THE EXPENSES OF THE TORIES AND LIB DEMS IN ENGLAND

    TUSC / MEBYON KERNOW / SOCIALIST GB / THE LEFT UNITY PARTY / CLASS WAR / NATIONAL HEALTHY PARTY

    http://www.anastasia-england.me.uk

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