Remember what This Writer was saying about the devil being in the details of the Budget, and it being for us to dig them out and question them?

Here’s Joe Halewood, doing just that:

Within 5 minutes of downloading the budget documents I have found that the amount of Housing Benefit that will be cut in social housing with the LHA maxima policy has increased by 121% [more] in today’s budget than Osborne stated in his Autumn Statement on 25 November 2015!

The total estimated HB cut this parliament is £1 billion cut to social housing, supported housing and sheltered housing!

Here are the figures from the Autumn Statement of 25 November 2015:

And here are today’s figures:

  • The HB cut in 2018/19 increases from £120m to £265m – a 121% increase
  • The HB cut in 2019/20 increases from £170m to £335m – a 97% increase
  • The HB cut in 2020/21 increases from £225m to £390m – a 73% increase

In total for these three financial years the amount of housing benefit cut under the LHA maxima policy increases from £515 million to £990 million itself an increase of 92%!

Source: LHA maxima cut of £1billion buried in budget today! The figures here! – SPeye Joe (Welfarewrites)

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