Cunningham backs motion opposing cap on Housing Benefit

24 11 2011

SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham will vote in support of a motion proposed by Councillor Joan Baird which opposes the “cap” on Housing Benefit.
“The Tories brought housing benefit caps in under the guise of forcing London landlords to reduce rents. This policy is wrong in London and even more wrong here.
The cuts, which will be imposed from 2011/12, are directed at tenants in receipt of housing benefit for private rented tenants. Implementing the cap on Housing Benefit will severely disadvantage people who are already in severe poverty, people on benefits and low pay will have to spend more of their incomes on rent and this will in most cases mean surviving on lower levels of food and heating.

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