Shelter responds to Comprehensive Spending Review

26 June 2013

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Housing benefit could face further cuts from 2015, George Osborne announced in today’s Comprehensive Spending Review.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer revealed plans to cap annually managed expenditure, which includes housing benefit.

Responding to today’s news, Campbell Robb, Shelter’s Chief Executive (pictured) said:

‘It’s absolutely vital that a cap on welfare spending doesn’t result in further cuts to housing support, which would be a disaster for families already battling to stay in their homes.

‘Housing benefit is a safety net that helps people who lose their jobs or suddenly become ill to stay in their home until they can get back on their feet. When so many families are seeing their hours cut back and are struggling to pay their rent, it’s the very last thing we can afford to undermine.

‘If the Government is serious about cutting the welfare bill, we need more affordable homes to bring down rents so that fewer people need housing support.

‘So far, we haven’t seen the big and radical action that’s needed to tackle a housing shortage that’s been decades in the making.’