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New figures show the Tory / Lib Dem failing plan is leading to double the housing benefit being paid to working people in Cambridge

House of Commons library analysis published today has shown the number of working people claiming housing benefit is set to rise by 20 per cent, from 956,000 in 2015/16 to 1,142,000 in 2019/20, adding £1.3 billion to the housing benefit bill.

And figures published by Labour show that Cambridge has seen a huge increase in the number of working people claiming housing benefit under the Coalition with 51% per cent more people in work claiming than were in 2010.

 

Daniel Zeichner said:
“There is a toxic mix of low pay and high housing costs in Cambridge.

“The economy is not working for thousands of working people. I am campaigning for a Living Wage. We need a better plan so that when you put in the hours, you are rewarded with a decent wage and don’t need top ups in housing benefit.”

Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Rachel Reeves, said:
“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.”
 

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