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Calls for private sector rent review as benefit cuts bite

At the report stage debate of the Government's Welfare Reform Bill yesterday, Ms Buck, MP for Westminster North, said she feared the Government's housing benefit cuts could lead to homelessness, distress for vulnerable people, and damage to the working households in private rented accommodation whose housing support is going to be cut.

Among major reforms to housing benefit, April saw the introduction of a cap on the maximum payments for Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates from £250-a-week for a one-bed home to £400 for a four-bed home. The cap came in for new tenants from 1 April 2011, but existing claimants will see changes from January 2012. Read More:

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