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London housing crisis: government plans benefit cuts for 70,000 social tenants households who 'under-occupy' their homes

The forthcoming capping and cutting of Local Housing Allowance - the term for housing benefit paid to private sector tenants - have been documented in arguably unhealthy detail on this blog, as have the claims and counterclaims about their effects. Research by London Councils and the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research has anticipated substantial migration from the more expensive central boroughs to poorer suburban ones as a result. Conservative-led councils, notably Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham, have argued that such predictions are greatly exaggerated. Argument has centred almost entirely on tenants in the private rented sector, where rents are market-driven and exceptionally high. But occupants of Council and housing association homes, who pay much lower "social rents", will now become part of the debate. Read More:

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