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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

CIH responds to today’s benefit cap statistics

03/08/2017


Responding to the latest benefit cap statistics released today by the Department for Work and Pensions, CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE said: "Homelessness has been steadily rising in all its forms since 2010 and we fear that the benefit cap could make things even worse.

"These new figures show that almost half of the households affected are losing more than £50 a week, which is likely to make it tough for people to afford their bills, rent and potentially even basic necessities. Almost three-quarters are single parent families, many with very young children – these are people who may find it incredibly difficult to escape the cap by finding work, given the cost of childcare and lack of flexible employment options.

"We think the government should take a step back and review welfare policies such as the benefit cap to make sure they are not obstructing housing policies designed to make sure people can access a decent home at a price they can afford."


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