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Housing benefit: minister challenged over changes

Policing Minister Nick Herbert said the "vulnerable" would be exempted from new housing benefit rules as he was challenged by former Blur drummer David Rowntree who had made a Daily Politics Soapbox film on the changes.

The minister said he doubted anyone would be made homeless by the changes and said they are necessary because the government has been paying out "absurd levels" of benefit, pushing up housing costs.

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