I suspect Ol' Boris is spot on with this one, madly enough.
Though i agree there should be some kind of cap on housing benefit.. i think there should be a cap on rent too. Some landlords DO charge over the odds, and they get away with it to.
Coupled with the rising rent for social housing (JOY, thanks for that), and the 10% deduction for those who have been looking for work for more than a year, it looks like a bad time is heading for most of us.
Where we live there is a fairly good spread of social housing, though we waited 5 years for ours while having to endure a crap landlord and higher rent, plus the jobs market here is appauling too. I think most of our married life has been spent on the dole, or it could be 50/50 now hubby has been in work for the past 5 years... ANYWAY
If these measures had been in place before now we would have been completely screwed, and my hubby was a determined job seeker recieving knock back after knock back. A reduction in our housing benefit would have crippled us, we already had to pay some rent, having to pay another 10% is unthinkable.
So we got into social housing, yay great, stable reasonable rent, not having to worry about being made to move, and repairs done.
Now we fear higher rent, and being made to move when circumstances change, and what if hubby gets made redundant again?
They say it will only affect new tentants, but i'll believe that when i see it.
And it's gonna be worse in the cities with higher rent.
IDS said recently "get on a bus" http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-11605318
With shocking public transport and shift patterns people can't always do that, so they are encouraged to move to where the jobs are...
News flash! most jobs are in the cities, more housing is needed in the cities, rent it higher in the cities, living costs are often higher in the cities but to really put the nail in the coffin, not all jobs are well paid in the cities.
Next time these big wigs pop to the local cafe, walk past a bin man in the street, maybe they should ask them where they live, and how they are making ends meet!! I bet a fair few of them rely on housing benefit to meet the extortionate rent of the cities..
And god help them if they loose thier jobs, JSA doesn't pay you more because you live in the cities, 10% in the boondocks could be as little as £10 a week or less (though thats still a lot if you are on JSA) imagine that 10% being £40 a week!! doesn't bear thinking about.