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Housing benefit claimants in full time work but can't afford a roof over their heads

By citizenmike  |  Posted: December 16, 2013

Soaring rents and houses prices are a problem

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Soaring rents and house prices have left more working people claiming housing benefit just to keep a roof over their heads.

The South West region, which includes Gloucester, has seen a 108 per cent increase in the number of work people claiming the benefit since 2009.

Adding to the strain, private rents and house prices are predicted to rise by 40 per cent and 33 per cent respectively by 2020.

Catherine Brabner, south west external affairs manager for the National Housing Federation, said: “We hear a lot about ‘making work pay’, but a decent job won’t even cover the cost of a home in the region and the situation looks set to get even worse.

“Hard-working families are spending more and more of their income on a home and many could be forced to move away.”

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  • Kay_Powell  |  December 17 2013, 4:47PM

    Emseaell, the spammer is still at it. I've reported absolutely loads of such nonsense this week; the recent ones have been 'my neighbor's step-aunt' blah blah blah. It is cleary all from one source, and presumably American, but it is easy for this type of person to use multiple fake IP addresses. Every single one of the identities is female (often with mis-spelt names) but the person doing it is far more likely to be a male.

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  • emseaell  |  December 17 2013, 11:26AM

    whoopee no comment from the stupid woman who says words to the effect "my Aunts great grandma earns megga bucks sitting at the computer" her email address must have been banned as she used many names

  • jas37  |  December 17 2013, 10:32AM

    Perhaps all of the Nimbys who object to Housing developments ( partially to inflate their own property value) should pay a considerable levy into a fund to help prospective first time buyers out.

  • SandraPee  |  December 17 2013, 7:31AM

    Walker100b. Exactly ! Percentages hide the real problems in society. A 10% increase for a household on £5K per annum is totally different from someone on £50K !

  • Walker100b  |  December 17 2013, 1:04AM

    Fantastic "reporting" NOT. I rent privately and have been in the same house for 3 years. The rent has remained the same for that 3 years....how does that affect the figures? Percentages are fantastic things to "quote" and mean NOTHING. for example..... (made up headline) Last year one person was murdered in Longlevens this year two people were murdered in Longlevens......headline "Murder Rate in Longlevens Doubles in 12 months"!!!!

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  • NibNobs  |  December 16 2013, 9:55PM

    The cost of buying or renting or just running a house are extortionate! For example: Gas & Electricity costs have gone up by 30% over the last 12 months. Wages up by 1% if you're lucky to even get a raise.

  • Richardburton  |  December 16 2013, 8:03PM

    Would be nice if this could be broken down to what % of social housing are claiming benefit v private tenants, we are for ever being told that social housing is affordable housing and yet it's not affordable if you have to claim housing benefit. Housing associations rents are usually dearer than 'council' and we all know private renting is dearer and you can claim H.B on all of these ways to rent a home! At this rate a morgage will be cheaper than a social housing home.... but of course we don't earn enough to buy or pay full rent. we are becoming a third world country!

  • Andyman123  |  December 16 2013, 7:41PM

    How are they going to rise by 40% when wages are falling against inflation and living costs ? They aren't. Just spin from vested interest groups. What is more likely is a house price crash, and a rise in interest rates being forced onto the Government.