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Keep your eyes open for a surge in homelessness, everybody.

If it happens, we can point to it as a failure of Conservative housing police. Right?

A House of Commons briefing paper released a few days ago asked “Can PRIVATE landlords refuse to let to Housing Benefit claimants?  It’s the wrong question and why did they not ask …

Can SOCIAL landlords refuse to let to Housing Benefit claimants

…. as that is precisely what is happening right now and will become the norm due to the Overall Benefit Cap (OBC) policy.

On Monday it reduces by £500 per calendar month outside of London (£25 per month in London) and it means ALL social landlords, that’s council and housing association landlords WILL refuse to house the Housing Benefit claimant in at least 36% of their properties.

The 36% is the number of 3 bed and larger sized properties across social housing that means the benefit tenant can’t afford the rent and the social landlord can’t afford the benefit tenant

In short social landlords will refuse to house 104,000 families per year because they are on Housing Benefit and precisely what MPs failed to look at and the HoC Library failed to look at too!  Quite where such benefit tenant families will live is another question entirely!

Source: Benefit Cap – What planet do deluded MP’s live on? – SPeye Joe (Welfarewrites)

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