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HOUSING BENEFIT REFORMS HELP SAVE£8BN

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Social security secretary Peter Lilly will claim today the government's welfare changes are saving£8bn. ...
Social security secretary Peter Lilly will claim today the government's welfare changes are saving £8bn.

Mr Lilley told BBC Radio Four's Today programme that he will make a keynote speech today on the future of the welfare state.

The government's reforms have not cut the welfare budget but will slow down its growth and 'stop it outstripping the nation's ability to pay', Mr Lilley said.

Government policy changes and the improved economy mean the welfare sate will grow by £8bn less by the end of the century than it would otherwise have done, Mr Lilley said.

The housing benefit reforms 'in the long run could save significant sums of money', he said.

Mr Lilley said reforms must continue so that welfare spending grows less rapidly than the economy as a whole.

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