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MPs in warning over housing benefit cut risk

The government will need to react quickly if a benefit cut for social housing tenants leads to rises in rent arrears and homelessness, a group of MPs is warning.

From 1 April, changes to housing benefit affecting working-age social housing tenants deemed to have spare bedrooms will mean a 14% cut for those with one extra room and of 25% for those with two or more.

Public Accounts Committee chair Margaret Hodge said the move could have a "severe impact" on low-income families.

Stephen Robb reports.

  • 26 Mar 2013
  • From the section UK
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