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MASSIVE HOUSING BENEFIT BILL TO PAY FOR HOMELESS CHANGES

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The Association of London Authorities pointed to recent research by the London Housing Unit which has calculated th...
The Association of London Authorities pointed to recent research by the London Housing Unit which has calculated that the housing benefit bill would increase by £22bn over the next 20 years as a result of the changes in homeless legislation (see Local Government Chronicle 8 July p4).

Homeless families now face an insecure future in expensive, short term privately rented housing, the ALA said.

The problem was not with alleged housing queue jumpers but with an ever-increasing housing queue.

There are 230,000 families on the capital's housing lists, the association said, with only 4,200 council or housing association homes completed last year.

ALA chair of housing Pete Challis said: 'The government's own figures show that nationally more than half (57 %) of families in urgent housing need spend longer than one year on the waiting list and one in three spends longer than two years.'
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