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Bill approved to limit housing payments = rent caps for the UK…?

09 January, 20130 Comments
MPs have approved the controversial Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill, passed by 328 votes to 262. Once the legislation is approved by the House of Lords this will mean that local housing allowance base rates will be capped at 1% for 2 years from April 2014. Most working age benefits, including employment and support allowance, income
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Under 25s benefit cut still being discussed…

11 December, 20120 Comments
Although there was no mention of the under 25s benefits cut plans in the Autumn Statement last week, the work and pensions secretary has said discussions are ‘still going on’. Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, Iain Duncan Smith was asked for an assurance that the government has no plans to remove housing benefit
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Welfare Reform will “rot the soul” says “poverty czar”.

11 September, 20120 Comments
The government’s “poverty czar” has claimed that the welfare reform programme (via Universal Credit) is a project heading for disaster. Writing in The Guardian, Frank Field (Labour MP) says that Universal Credit will not simplify benefits and that the new IT systems will not work either; instead “rot the soul” of the low paid. Mr Field
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