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Ministers will this week signal a partial retreat on controversial plans to cap housing benefit for tenants in private rented housing by agreeing the measures will not be introduced until January 2012, nine months later than previously planned.
The changes were announced in June and were due to save £50m a year. But in a bid to salvage any lost income, the department of work and pensions will announce that a related housing benefit cut will be brought forward more quickly for new tenants than the planned start date of October. Read More: