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GOVERNMENT AT FAULT FOR HOUSING BENEFIT BUDGET BLOWOUT

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The government's own policies are the main factor behind the skyrocketing cost of the housing benefit, The Independ...
The government's own policies are the main factor behind the skyrocketing cost of the housing benefit, The Independent reports (p10).

The cost of the housing benefit - a prime target for government budget cuts - has doubled from £4bn to £8bn since 1987.

Housing analysts say the prime factor behind the increased burden is the government's decision in 1987 to switch from subsidising council and housing association landlords to supporting tenants themselves.

The higher rents resulting from the policy had lead to more people depending on the state to provide the money needed to keep a roof over their heads.
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