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Staggering Rise in Housing Benefit as Hardworking Families in Sutton Struggle to Pay Their Rent Under Coalition

Saturday 10 May 2014

The Tory-Lib Dem Coalition talk tough about reducing the benefits bill but the truth is they’ve failed to get to grips with the problem. In fact, their cost-of-living crisis has now left hundreds of working people in Sutton relying on housing benefit to help pay their bills. Employed claimants in Sutton rose from 2,503 in May 2010 to 4,055 today. Emily Brothers, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, said:
“Since Paul Burstow threw in his hand with the Tories there has been a staggering 62% increase in the number of working people claiming Housing Benefit in Sutton.
“People in Sutton will be shocked to hear that the Coalition cost-of-living crisis has got so bad that hundreds of hard-working local people are now reliant on housing benefit just to pay the bills and keep a roof over their heads.
“Working people are now on average £1,600 a year worse off as wages have fallen, while prices have soared with Paul Burstow’s support for the VAT increase. Many people in work can’t get the hours they need while low-paid and insecure work is forcing more people to rely on housing benefit.
“We also face a massive housing shortage in this country yet this government has presided over the lowest level of home building since the 1920’s. Paul Burstow’s with the Tories has failed to tackle this shortage. This means the cost of housing is rising beyond the reach of ordinary working people.
“It can’t be right that ordinary people who do the right thing and go to work have to rely on Housing Benefit. Paul Scully’s Tory-led government is either unwilling or unable to do anything about this, whilst Lib Dem Paul Burstow seems content to let Sutton taxpayers pick up the bill.
“People in Sutton and Cheam want real action to tackle both the cost-of-living crisis and the increasingly large housing benefit bill. That’s why I’m backing Labour’s plans to take immediate action to deal with the cost-of-living crisis by freezing gas and electricity bills until 2017. We’ll make work pay by introducing a lower 10p starting rate of tax, raising the national minimum wage and ending the abuse of zero-hours contracts.
“Neither Paul Burstow or Paul Scully understand that you can't deal with the cost-of-living crisis without building more homes. That's why Labour has committed to getting 200,000 homes built a year by 2020 across Britain, with at least 400 in this borough. “We’ll also reform the private rented sector by banning rip-off letting agent fees for tenants and introducing long-term stable tenancies with predictable rents.
“The increased number of working people claiming housing benefit shows you can’t trust the Tories or Lib Dems to solve the cost-of-living crisis. Only Labour has the policies and the determination to stand up and make a real difference for hardworking people in Sutton.

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