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MINISTER SAYS COUNCILS SHOULD FORCE RENTS DOWN

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BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported on the cost of housing benefit, which now adds nearly£9bn to the social ...
BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported on the cost of housing benefit, which now adds nearly £9bn to the social security bill.

The government's deregulation of the private rented sector means landlords can charge steep rents, knowing these can be met by people claiming housing benefit, Today reported.

Nicholas Scott, former minister for the disabled, told the programme local authorities could use their muscle to keep rents down in their area. The government should also encourage more socially responsible private landlords, he said.
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