Increase in working families relying on housing benefit

The Northern Echo: HOUSING CRISIS: New report reveals an increase in working families relying on housing benefit HOUSING CRISIS: New report reveals an increase in working families relying on housing benefit

AN increasing number of working families in the region are relying on benefits to keep a roof over their heads, a report has found.

According to Home Truths, a study by the National Housing Federation, the North-East has seen a 108 per cent rise in employed people claiming housing benefit since 2009.

The report blames the problem on low wages coupled with rising rents and house prices.

The federation claims that the region has a chronic shortage of housing with 50,000 new houses needed by 2020 to cope with demand.

The shortage of homes means private rents are expected to rise by 25 per cent and house prices by 17 per cent by 2020, the report states, adding that the housing market is “very broken”.

Monica Burns, North-East external affairs manager for the National Housing Federation, said: “We hear a lot about 'making work pay’, but employment opportunities are scarce in parts of the North-East and wages are lower than in other parts of the country.

“This is having a knock on impact on people in work, with more and more hard-working families being forced to rely on housing benefit to help pay for the roof over their head.”

The report found that while the housing market in areas of growth was overheating, the story was different in areas like the North-East where the economy remained stagnant.

This is highlighted by figures showing the region has seen the smallest increase in the country of new businesses being created.

Ms Burns said more focus needed to be put on regenerating communities and bringing employment back.

“In areas that are stalled economically we need local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) and local councils to work with housing associations and other partners to revitalise struggling communities, create jobs and invest in social enterprise.”

In Yorkshire and the Humber, there has been a 105 per cent increase in working people claiming housing benefit since 2009.

Nationally, the report found that the country needed 240,000 homes a year just to meet demand but house building numbers are falling.

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10:23am Tue 10 Dec 13

cushybutterfield says...

The main reason the North East economy is stagnant, is that thousands of 'Free Nanny State punters in the North East will not and do not want any job of work'. Many have been reared in a culture of choosen free state benfit idleness, this has been the workshy mentality of many for decades, Existing on via a culture of idleness on the backs of had working decent working class Taxpayers. This reflects whether a new business chooses either comes to the north east or the south of England, most choose the south, less devoid of brainwashed negative Union engrained mentality, clay pipes, chamber-pots and all.
The main reason the North East economy is stagnant, is that thousands of 'Free Nanny State punters in the North East will not and do not want any job of work'. Many have been reared in a culture of choosen free state benfit idleness, this has been the workshy mentality of many for decades, Existing on via a culture of idleness on the backs of had working decent working class Taxpayers. This reflects whether a new business chooses either comes to the north east or the south of England, most choose the south, less devoid of brainwashed negative Union engrained mentality, clay pipes, chamber-pots and all. cushybutterfield

11:18am Tue 10 Dec 13

Voice-of-reality says...

One hates to be blunt but:
1. People must cut their garment according to their cloth. If they cannot afford a large house renters must, like homeowners make savings or move.
2. If you cannot afford to have children, to clothe them, to feed them, and to house them, do not have them.
3. If you do not have money to keep a roof over your head there is no need to be a) a w-ii b) a satellite dish c) cable d) foreign holidays e) booze f) fags
4. It is unsustinable for the hardworking (near minority) to continue to fund those who chose not to support themselves - especially when the 'level of support' they demand can, at 26k, exceed the level of pay of those who pay for their lifestyles.
One hates to be blunt but: 1. People must cut their garment according to their cloth. If they cannot afford a large house renters must, like homeowners make savings or move. 2. If you cannot afford to have children, to clothe them, to feed them, and to house them, do not have them. 3. If you do not have money to keep a roof over your head there is no need to be a) a w-ii b) a satellite dish c) cable d) foreign holidays e) booze f) fags 4. It is unsustinable for the hardworking (near minority) to continue to fund those who chose not to support themselves - especially when the 'level of support' they demand can, at 26k, exceed the level of pay of those who pay for their lifestyles. Voice-of-reality

7:52pm Tue 10 Dec 13

sineater says...

I think you two should read this article properly before spilling your usual bile on this blog,,it is talking about working -yes working people having problems paying their rent,this because of austerity measures brought in by the government.The article mentions because of a lack of suitable housing people are forced to rent privately where the rents are high. Iff you two have problems with your reading I am available for to teach you, reasonable rates.
I think you two should read this article properly before spilling your usual bile on this blog,,it is talking about working -yes working people having problems paying their rent,this because of austerity measures brought in by the government.The article mentions because of a lack of suitable housing people are forced to rent privately where the rents are high. Iff you two have problems with your reading I am available for to teach you, reasonable rates. sineater

9:20pm Tue 10 Dec 13

darloboss says...

crustybutterballs and old drunkard bumbles neet to read before commenting
put your glasses on old men
crustybutterballs and old drunkard bumbles neet to read before commenting put your glasses on old men darloboss

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