Thursday, 02 July 2015

Rise in working housing benefit claimants

The number of employed people claiming housing benefit has increased again - despite a drop in the overall number of claimants.

Figures published by the Department for Work and Pensions yesterday revealed that as of April this year there were 5,012,000 housing benefit claimants in Britain. This is a slight drop, of just under 2,000, on the figure for March.

Despite the decrease, the figure for in-work claimants increased by 8,160 to 891,050.

The rise continues a trend of employed people making up a greater proportion of housing benefit claimants. The proportion of housing benefit claimants in work now stands at 17.8 per cent, compared to 12.6 per cent in January 2010.

The vast majority of new claims made between January 2010 and March 2012, 297,160 out of 363,550, were made by employed people.

David Cameron was slammed by senior housing sector figures last month for making a distinction between those who work and do not claim housing benefit with those who are unemployed and do.  The prime minister floated the idea of scrapping housing benefit for under 25 year olds.

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