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

New inquiry into lower benefit cap welcomed


CIH has welcomed the announcement that the Work and Pensions Committee will be conducting an inquiry into the effects of the lower benefit cap.

Terrie Alafat CBE, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “We welcome the Work and Pensions Committee’s inquiry into the effects of the lower benefit cap.

Our research has revealed the new lower cap, which came into effect last November, could make housing in many parts of the UK inaccessible.

“It is a policy which we feel is no longer achieving its stated aim and is instead putting thousands of vulnerable families at risk of homelessness.

“We therefore welcome this opportunity to look at the effects of the policy now it has been fully rolled out.”

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