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LILLEY OFFERS PLEDGE FOR FURTHER HOUSING BENEFIT CUTBACKS

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Social security sources are confident that ministers will back Peter Lilley's programme for 1995-96 despite initial...
Social security sources are confident that ministers will back Peter Lilley's programme for 1995-96 despite initial protests that he had not been tough enough, reports The Times (p8).

The social security secretary is said to have resisted pressure for draconian cuts in the £9bn housing benefit budget.

He is expected however to offer some short term measures to curb the spiralling bill with a pledge for further cutbacks, the paper reports.

The Cabinet is expected today to approve the final public spending programme for next year which will see £5bn shaved off the £263bn planned target.
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