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HOUSING BENEFIT MAY GO TO CUT COSTS

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The government is working with local councils on plans to try to find ways of curbing benefits claimed by 4.7 milli...
The government is working with local councils on plans to try to find ways of curbing benefits claimed by 4.7 million people, which could see the abolition of housing benefit, according to The Times (p2).

Social security officials said that the number of people on benefit had risen by 20% since 1991, taking the cost to£12.3bn - of which£1bn is believed to be fraud.

One option being considered is the replacement of the existing housing benefit with a housing allowance that could be paid alongside income support. Claimants would be entitled to a fixed payment towards their housing costs rather than any guarantee that the full sum would be paid.

Ministers believe that changes to the system will have to take place in two stages, starting with short-term changes to streamline the application system and simplify administration.
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