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Some families still receiving 100,000 a year in housing benefit, latest figures reveal

In Westminster, the most expensive borough in the country, five families are currently claiming the maximum allowance of £2,000 a week in housing benefit.

This means the council, which has announced 450 job cuts as part of a bid to save £60 million, is handing out more than £500,000 a year to just five families.

Elsewhere in the capital, private landlords are also continuing to rake in staggering amounts in housing benefit under the system that was introduced by the Labour government.

In Lambeth figures for May 2011 show a weekly payment of £1,461 being made to one family, while in Wandsworth another rent payment of £850 a week has been approved. Read More:

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