From the TUC

Three-quarters of new Housing Benefit claimants have jobs

19 May 2014, by in Society & Welfare

Over 800,000 new Housing Benefit claims have been made since 2008 with 75 per cent of new claimants in work. The government says it’s making work pay yet falling real wages and soaring housing costs are pushing more working people into poverty. At the same time the cost of housing benefit continues to increase at a dramatic rate, quadrupling in real terms over the last thirty years.

Photo of a door buzzer system mounted against a tiled wall, similar to tiling used on a block of flats. There are four buttons on the buzzer system and three of them are highlighted in a different colour. The text next to it says: " 3 in 4 housing benefit claims are now made by people in work." The text below the title says: "The number of people claiming housing benefit has soared by over 800,000 in the last five years, and three-quarters of these new claimants have jobs. The government say they are making work pay but falling real wages and soaring housing costs are pushing more working people into poverty. Source: Department for Work and Pensions Stat-Xplore (benefit statistics)".

This graphic was produced by For Facts’ Sake – a collaboration between the TUC and Ripped Off Britons.

2 Responses to Three-quarters of new Housing Benefit claimants have jobs

  1. Graeme Briggs-White
    May 20th 2014, 10:10 pm

    When will the full effect of the cuts finally kick in, as we all know there is more to come. What will happen when the welfare state is fully privatised along with the police force. More and more services and benefits are being revoked and the tyranny of a bankrupt capitalist system is about to get worse? Very soon what benefits? And what will happen then? We have no rights, only temporary privileges that can and will be taken away when the wealth of the wealthiest is under threat!
    I am totally and utterly disgusted with my country and the US and now state my nationality as socialist!

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