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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Housing Benefit reversal

Government changes to the Housing Benefit system which would have impacted on landlords letting to tenants on long-term housing benefit have been reversed after a last minute intervention by Nick Clegg.

The proposal which would have involved a 10% cut to benefit levels to tenants who had been unemployed for over 1 year was scrapped after 'Old Cleggy' voiced concerns that such changes would act as a disincentive for landlords to let to unemployed tenants in areas of high unemployment.

From a landlord letting to unemployed tenants this has to be good news.  As a citizen who feels the state has created an underclass of benefit seeking scroungers.  I can't see how this will help reverse the situation.  Nick what ever happened to tough love!

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Anonymous said...

All these recent(supposed) U-turns by the Government are becoming exceedingly more suspicious. Is this yet another possible 'pre-planned' ruse to trick the public into thinking they REALLY DO HAVE AN IMPACT ON POLICY?

HPL Properties said...

The reason they are having the U-turn is because it will potentially make people homeless, causing the coucils a bigger bill!