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GOVERNMENT FACES SOCIAL HOUSING DILEMMA

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In its editorial (p19) the Financial Times says the government must address the issue of housing for the less well-...
In its editorial (p19) the Financial Times says the government must address the issue of housing for the less well-off if it wants to make sure the welfare-to-work and social exclusion policies succeed.

It says the comprehensive spending review, to be announced on July 14, will give the first indications of how the government intends to deal with the problem of depleted housing stock and the 'ballooning' of the housing benefit bill.

It says the government must now strike a balance between finding the money to increase and improve the social housing stock while also considering how housing policy can support the welfare-to-work programme.

It says reseach has shown high rents in private rented accommodation and in some housing associations can contribute to disincentives to find work.
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