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The number of working households having to rely on
Housing Benefit has doubled since the recession began in
2008. And this trend will lead to a million working people
being dependent on benefits to keep a roof over their heads by the
next election. This is according to
Home Truths (link opens in a new window), a new report
published by the National Housing Federation.
The study found that:
David Orr, National Housing Federation, says: "We now have
millions of families struggling to keep on top of their rents,
priced out of the housing market and nearly 10,000 more working
families every month are now reliant on housing benefit to help pay
their private rent. These people are the ‘strivers’ the Government
wants to help, yet their future is looking bleak. This cannot
continue; we need action now to address the causes of rising
housing costs, not just the symptoms. Only by addressing the
chronic undersupply of new homes can we stem the financial pressure
on families and Government.
"The housing market is at the point of no return; with rising
house prices, rising rents and millions of families really
struggling to afford their home. It’s no surprise that one in 12
families in England is on the waiting list for social housing.
Sadly the future is looking even bleaker.
"Successive governments have failed to tackle the under-supply
of housing and time is now running out. If we don’t urgently fix
the housing market we will have a generation who are priced out of
renting a home, let alone buying one.
"High housing costs put financial pressure on both families and
the Government. When people can’t afford the homes they need, it
stops them from moving for work, it prevents young couples starting
families. Aspiration is stopped in its tracks."
National Housing Federation (link opens in a new window) and
Guardian (link opens in a new window)
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