Housing benefit claims on the rise in Sedgemoor

Housing benefit claims on the rise in Sedgemoor

Housing benefit claims on the rise in Sedgemoor

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THE number of working people in Sedgemoor who are claiming housing benefit has risen by over 25% in the past four years.

Sedgemoor District Council records show that working-age housing benefits recipients that are employed have increased from 1,263 in May 2010 to 1,701 in March 2014.

Glen Burrows from the Bridgwater People's Assembly said: “These figures are not very surprising at all.

“The bedroom tax has been in for a year now and one of its advantages was it would take the housing benefits down, which hasn’t happened.”

Cllr Mick Lerry said: “It just shows of those people who are in employment can’t pay their rent simply because their wages are quite low. These people have got work but they need to claim to pay for their housing and to survive.

“The council will have to pay about and administer the housing benefits so that’s more work in administrations costs.”

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8:26am Tue 20 May 14

awayswing says...

It is disgraceful that employers do not pay their workforce enough to keep a roof over the employees heads.So much for government promises to always make work pay.
It is disgraceful that employers do not pay their workforce enough to keep a roof over the employees heads.So much for government promises to always make work pay. awayswing
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8:37pm Tue 20 May 14

BaldCarl2 says...

Its disgraceful that private landlords know exactly how much people can claim on housing benefit and price their rent accordingly
Its disgraceful that private landlords know exactly how much people can claim on housing benefit and price their rent accordingly BaldCarl2
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8:25pm Wed 21 May 14

lord god almighty says...

awayswing wrote:
It is disgraceful that employers do not pay their workforce enough to keep a roof over the employees heads.So much for government promises to always make work pay.
without knowing what sort of places these claimants are living in, it makes no sense to complain about wages. they could be living somewhere twice as nice as the average mortgage payer. is it then reasonable that they should be entitled to unfettered housing benefit payments ?
[quote][p][bold]awayswing[/bold] wrote: It is disgraceful that employers do not pay their workforce enough to keep a roof over the employees heads.So much for government promises to always make work pay.[/p][/quote]without knowing what sort of places these claimants are living in, it makes no sense to complain about wages. they could be living somewhere twice as nice as the average mortgage payer. is it then reasonable that they should be entitled to unfettered housing benefit payments ? lord god almighty
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9:56am Thu 22 May 14

awayswing says...

lord god almighty wrote:
awayswing wrote:
It is disgraceful that employers do not pay their workforce enough to keep a roof over the employees heads.So much for government promises to always make work pay.
without knowing what sort of places these claimants are living in, it makes no sense to complain about wages. they could be living somewhere twice as nice as the average mortgage payer. is it then reasonable that they should be entitled to unfettered housing benefit payments ?
With the cuts in housing benefit and the bedroom tax housing benefits being unfettered is clearly ridiculous.People are having to take jobs on shorter hours than they used to have and as a consequence cannot meet their outgoings,they cannot afford to move either,assuming that there is somewhere to move to.What with private renting being as expensive as mortgage repayments and the governments housing price bubble we will soon have cardboard cities that we had in the 1980's.
[quote][p][bold]lord god almighty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]awayswing[/bold] wrote: It is disgraceful that employers do not pay their workforce enough to keep a roof over the employees heads.So much for government promises to always make work pay.[/p][/quote]without knowing what sort of places these claimants are living in, it makes no sense to complain about wages. they could be living somewhere twice as nice as the average mortgage payer. is it then reasonable that they should be entitled to unfettered housing benefit payments ?[/p][/quote]With the cuts in housing benefit and the bedroom tax housing benefits being unfettered is clearly ridiculous.People are having to take jobs on shorter hours than they used to have and as a consequence cannot meet their outgoings,they cannot afford to move either,assuming that there is somewhere to move to.What with private renting being as expensive as mortgage repayments and the governments housing price bubble we will soon have cardboard cities that we had in the 1980's. awayswing
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1:52pm Sat 24 May 14

gbak22 says...

It is disgusting that governments let immigrants come to this country with their family get a two day job and claim for housing/working mans/child CREDITS. There are too many scroungers, and when they get older they will regret it because they wont have anything. they will be big losers.
It is disgusting that governments let immigrants come to this country with their family get a two day job and claim for housing/working mans/child CREDITS. There are too many scroungers, and when they get older they will regret it because they wont have anything. they will be big losers. gbak22
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5:19pm Sat 24 May 14

MR.GOF says...

gbak22 wrote:
It is disgusting that governments let immigrants come to this country with their family get a two day job and claim for housing/working mans/child CREDITS. There are too many scroungers, and when they get older they will regret it because they wont have anything. they will be big losers.
Thats right when you leave work at 70 maybe 10 years left of life you have to sell your house to go in a 800 pound a week home,who will be the loser then.
[quote][p][bold]gbak22[/bold] wrote: It is disgusting that governments let immigrants come to this country with their family get a two day job and claim for housing/working mans/child CREDITS. There are too many scroungers, and when they get older they will regret it because they wont have anything. they will be big losers.[/p][/quote]Thats right when you leave work at 70 maybe 10 years left of life you have to sell your house to go in a 800 pound a week home,who will be the loser then. MR.GOF
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