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LILLEY SOFT ON LANDLORD CHEATS, SAYS LABOUR

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Labour today welcomed the Audit Commission report on housing benefit fraud and urged the government to wage war on ...
Labour today welcomed the Audit Commission report on housing benefit fraud and urged the government to wage war on landlord cheats.

Henry McLeish, shadow social security minister, said: 'Peter Lilley is soft on organised fraud in housing benefit.

'Under the Tories housing benefit ependiture has doubled in a decade from £5.2bn to £11.1bn. As part of that, private sector housing benefit has trebled and the number of people claiming housing benefit in the private sector has doubled.'

He added: 'Peter Lilley has ignored the findings of the social security select committee, which said nearly £1 in £5 of housing benefit is fraudulently obtained.

'Labour is demanding tough action in the new Fraud Bill to tackle these organised landlord cheats. Local government needs new powers to crack down on this scandal.'
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