Over a million working people are claiming housing benefit
Analysis by the Department for Work and Pensions has found that 1,058,570 people in work claimed housing benefit in May, a 61% increase since May 2010.
These figures reveal that of the 4.99 million people who received housing benefit in May 2014, 21% were in employment, reports 24dash.
Responding to the figures, a DWP spokesperson said: “Since May 2010, the number of out-of-work housing benefit claimants has fallen. It is better that people are in work, paying taxes, contributing to their rents and with the prospect of increasing their earnings. Housing benefit has always helped those in and out of work. The government’s long-term economic plan is now helping more families into jobs with the largest rise in employment for over 40 years and the unemployment rate falling again. Action this government has taken is bringing the ballooning housing benefit bill under control – saving the taxpayer around £6bn by the end of this parliament. We have already taken action to help families with the cost of living. This includes cutting income tax for 25 million people, which will save a typical taxpayer over £805, taking 3.2 million out of income tax altogether and helping local authorities to freeze council tax in every year of this parliament.”
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