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Benefit cuts will leave a third of UK 'too costly for low-income households'

A third of England will become unaffordable for low-income households within a decade, according to a study by two leading housing organisations.

A report by the housing charity Shelter and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) claims that government plans to overhaul housing benefit would price low-income households out of a third of local authorities in England, pushing them into areas of high unemployment.

The changes, to be introduced in 2013, were outlined in last month's welfare reform bill, which established that future increases to local housing allowance for private tenants will be linked to the consumer price index of inflation rather than the cost of local rents. Read More:

 

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