Housing benefit reforms set to be delayed

The BBC reports:

Millions of people who currently claim housing benefit are to be given more time before cuts are introduced.

Ministers had planned to introduce a cap from next April on how much housing benefit could be claimed.

But the BBC understands that existing claimants will now have until January 2012 to adjust their circumstances if needed before the caps are brought in.

The Department for Work and Pensions would not confirm the move, which it said was “speculation”.

Simon Hughes’s response has been:

If the reports about changes to the housing benefit proposals are true, then this will be very welcome. Many of us have pressed very hard since the budget in June for a more gradual and sensitive change in the benefit system. We must await further details, but the signals sound good – the Government is listening.

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  • OK – what’s the quid pro quo for those outside London/SE who subsidise these international rents with their taxes – can we have the difference in monetary terms (in the delay) to assist in our private sector development even more? Let’s be clear – it’s to help out the Hughes/Davey gang – they have too much power in our party.

  • btw I was talking only about the cap – the forcing of under 35year olds to share outside London/SE is a `one size fits all` idiocy that should also be addressed.

  • So Geoffrey why should a taxpayer in Stockport subsidise a 2k rent in London – I’m all ears.

  • Sorry it’s 1,600 a month

  • Anthony Aloysius St 29th Nov '10 - 8:36am

    Why don’t they just get a job?

  • Dominic Curran 29th Nov '10 - 1:09pm

    @ John,

    “So Geoffrey why should a taxpayer in Stockport subsidise a 2k rent in London – I’m all ears.”

    Your question is one that is comonly asked, and with some justification. The pernicious element of this debate is that, in condeming the government’s proposals, opponents are assumed to be content with the status quo and are asked to defend it. I am not content with it, and it is hard to defend. The asnwer, however, isn’t what has been proposed, and now may be delayed. The root cause of teh problem is a lack of affordable housing. If there were enough of this then HB wouldn’t be so expensive. The answer has to involve a commitment to more social housing – although we also need private housing.

    So, you’re right, the costs of housing in london are eyewatering. But the solution proposed by the Tories is only dealing with the effect, not the cause, of the problem.

    I might slightly cheekily also note that the wealth that London creates and sends to skipton and most other parts of the country keeps many people better policed, educated and priovided for than might otherwise be the case, so it’s actually us who are subsiding you.

  • Dominic Curran 29th Nov '10 - 1:11pm

    why on earth did i write skipton and not stockport? must be some horrific metropolitan laziness. apologies. but it is all the same after watford, isn’t it? (joke!)

  • @ martin Todd
    What a brilliant post these housing benafit cuts have been used as a smokescreen for the much nastier stuff. Nice to know there are still some good analysis from those in my former party .

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