PM refuses to stand down on housing benefit cuts

| October 28, 2010
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Prime Minister David Cameron has stood firm over his Government’s plan to cut housing benefits.

The opposition claimed the policy was a “complete shambles” but the PM defended the moves and said: “These are difficult changes but I think it is right.”

The proposals include ending the “council housing for life”, which means tenants in England should be given fixed-term contracts and should their finances improve, encourage them to move into private housing.

The Government has also announced proposals to limit housing benefit to a maximum of £250 a week for a one-bedroom property and up to £400 a week for a four-bedroom home.

Furthermore, there is set to be a 10% cut in housing benefit for anyone on jobseeker’s allowance for over a year.

Defending his actions, Mr Cameron said: “The point everyone in this House has got to consider: are we happy to go on paying housing benefit of £30,000, £40,000, £50,000?

“Our constituents working hard to give benefits so people can live in homes they couldn’t even dream of? I don’t think that’s fair.”

Cabinet minister Philip Hammond has said the cuts are intended to make the lives of those receiving state support comparable to people working and earning middle incomes.

According to Chancellor George Osborne, some families were receiving more than £100,000 a year in housing benefit.

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  1. a egeh says:

    it is fair that mr david comoron is planing to cut housing benefit for those who want to enjoy housing beneifit for ever..yes mr david…GO AHEAD TO DO CUT THE HOUSING BENEFIT…OH I CAN NOT WAIT..I MUST SEE PEOPLE WHO ARE CURRENTLY ENJOYING AND LIVING IN HOUSING BENEFIT FACING NEW FAIR CHANGES..
    IAM AN IMMIGRANT ..BUT WHAT I HATE TO SEE IS THAT PEOPLE ARE IN HOUSING BENEFIT AND NOT WORKING WHILE OTHERS ARE WORKING IN HARD CONDITION AS THEY ARE NOT IN HOUSING BENEFIT…

    I BELIEVE THE HOUSING CUT WILL LEAD FRAUD FAILURE..LIKE THOSE WHO CLAIM SEPERATE FROM HUSBAND AND OBVIOUSLY THEY WORK …
    I INDEED CAN NNOT WAIT TO SEE HOUSING BENEFIT CUTS….I SUPORT DAVED ..THE PRIME MINISTER WITH HIS DECISION TO LIMIT HOUSING BEEIFET;;

    THANK YOU FOR PROVIDING THIS SERVICE

  2. Sarah Blick says:

    AM VERY PLEASED WITH DAVID CAMERON CUTTING THE BENEFITS OF LAZY PEOPLE. I ALSO RECOMMEND D.CAMERON TO REDUCE NI FOR MARRIED WOMEN TO 4.85% IF BOTH COUPLES ARE WORKING AND ENCOURAGE MARRIAGE THIS WAY.

  3. Sarah Blick says:

    I think I will always vote for Conservatives from now on as I appreciate the regime of cuts on housing benefits. Anyway I did vote for the Conservatives this time and I am very very happy. In fact it’s right to cut housing benefits and get people to move to cheaper areas. I can’t be paying one week of my salary in taxes and N.I. contributions to nearly 50% of the population in the U.K. I am married for 4 years and my husband and I didn’t rush to have a baby to claim benefits. We will always work full-time even if we have children in the future. How can people who haven’t studied think they can’t sweep the streets??? If they wanted white collar jobs, they should have studied. Hats off David Cameron who is taking steps and serious measures to cut those benefits. I would also like to tell David Cameron to shift single mums, who keep on having kids every 7 years, into hostels where she will have to share a floor of 10 rooms with other single mums and have one common kitchen. You will see then, those women will decide to go for permanent contraception. At the moment they are best cared for by the government as they get the keys of a flat and this enable them to have different men to come to their flats every so often. David Cameron should cut other benefits as well.

  4. Sheila says:

    Sarah. What pathetic comments to make!! Do you really think as single parents the majority of us have thought oh yeah what a great idea lets fall pregnant and sruggle on our own with very little money to live on. There are some of us who through no fault of our own have been left by irresponsible men but have actually worked and studied and still struggle to afford housing etc. Lucky you to have found yourself a decent husband. I’d like to see how you’d cope on your own if your husband left you in the s**t.

  5. Rosemary says:

    From THE TELEGRAPH:Tax credits will be taken away from families earning over £40,000. Changes in thresholds will cut payments to those on lower incomes.
    I don’t agree with this as £20k each in a couple is not a great deal of money. It’s £1300 each after tax for even people with or without degrees.
    That should be at least £55k joint annual income.
    That £40k will get one person to work less hours intentionally to show the hmrc they earn less than £40k a year.
    Please David Cameron, think reasonably as hard-working middle class families will be affected