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Housing Benefit caps kick in - full measures that apply from 1 April 2011

From today the Coalition Government will cap Housing Benefits for private sector tenants from a "staggering £104,000" in some cases to an absolute maximum of £20,800 a year for a four bedroom property.

The reforms will, acording to DWP, "help put an end to the rapid growth seen in private sector rents and will lead to fewer people being put off work because they fear losing their generous housing benefits".

Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions said: “The failure to reform Housing Benefit has left us in the absurd situation where some benefit claimants could claim over £100,000 a year to live in large houses in expensive areas. This is unacceptable when hard working individuals and families are struggling either to find affordable private rents or pay their mortgages. Read More:


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