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Housing benefit cuts set to make 3,000 Merton residents poorer

Two separate surveys – one from an MP and one from Merton Council – concluded between 2,500 and 3,000 housing benefit claimants will be badly affected by the coalition’s Government’s decision to scale down the standard against which benefit is measured.

Housing benefit payouts for an area are calculated against the median – 50 per cent level – of rents set by private landlords but, from November, this yardstick will be scaled down to the 30 per cent level of all rents.

The amount of money residents will lose ranges from between £5 a week to nearly £400 a week, depending on the size of property they own and where they live in the borough. Read More:

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