Housing Benefit Row and London Mayor Boris Johnson
I see the London Mayor has now waded into the debate about Housing Benefit rate changes. This is all terribly interesting.
Readers of this blog will know that back in July we were the first to highlight how the changes to Housing Benefit (Local Housing Allowance) rates could actually result in hugely pushed up rents and house prices in some areas whilst reducing it in others. Here is the link to that blog post: http://bit.ly/cFWg7D
It’s nice to see that the mainstream media has finally cottoned on to the story.
Also, having seen the Housing Minister Grant Shapps’s rather solid performance on “Newsnight” last night, (why did Shapps’s opponents not put up a more suitable case study from say Westminster borough to illustrate their point?), we rather think he may have read our open letter to him (also posted in our blog a few weeks back) which suggested there was a lot more that local authorities could do to improve the way they engage with the private rented sector. We hope that he in enjoying our book too!
The same letter also suggested that whilst the London Councils group was right to sound the alarm, their forecast that there could be 82,000 homeless people as a result of the Housing Benefit cuts was a bit questionable. The link to that blog post is here: http://bit.ly/cCE7sv
This story is going to run and run.
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