Workers 'Need Benefits' To Avoid Eviction
Working families are becoming increasingly dependent on state benefits to avoid eviction due to a soaring housing market, a report has said.
A failure to build enough new homes in recent years has pushed rents and house prices up, and led to an 86% increase in housing benefit claims since 2009 by those in employment, according to the National Housing Federation (NHF) report.
The study revealed 10,000 more working families now need housing benefit every month to help pay their rent, with 417,830 more workers claiming it over the past three years.
David Orr, chief executive of the NHF, called for a solution for "millions of families" who are struggling to keep on top of their rents and being priced out of the housing market.
"These people are the 'strivers' the Government wants to help, yet their future is looking bleak," he said.
"This cannot continue - we need action now to address the causes of rising housing costs, not just the symptoms."
The cost of privately renting a home has gone up by 37% and is set to continue its upward spiral by a further 35% in the coming years, the research found.
With the economy in dire straits, house prices will continue to fall going into 2013, but the NHF expects price growth of 6% a year across England from 2015 to 2017.
The umbrella organisation, which represents 1,200 housing associations in England, said 390,000 new families were formed in 2011 but only 111,250 new homes were built.
It called on the Government to take a "long-term joined up approach", with measures such as releasing publicly-owned brownfield land to housing associations so they can build more new properties.
Responding to the demands, housing minister Mark Prisk said: "With over three million people relying on the private rented sector for their housing needs, we are determined to attract new players to the market and pull out all the stops to get Britain building.
"That's why we're offering £10bn in loan guarantees to provide up to 15,000 new homes for rent, putting £19.5bn public and private funding into an affordable homes programme, and why we've identified enough formerly used surplus public sector land to sell for 100,000 new homes.
"But it's right that we also take action to get the Housing Benefit bill under control and under our reforms, those on housing benefit can still afford up to a third of homes on the local rental market."
what do you think?
Welcome to capitalism. . And its only going to get worse. . Soon poverty will be at Victorian levels, and if it hadn't been for WW1 this country would have been torn apart by civil war. We are on the same path now. . .
How many of those smoke and drink regularly
Not all people drink and smoke, I don't!! But the rental market is so expensive no wonder people can't afford it!! And this uncaring government don't care a jot, snotty nose toffs who don't realise how hard it is to live! Cameron and his eton buddies who don't have to worry about heating, food and rent are a disgrace!!
diane i get the impression from your comment and others you have made there are no drinkers or smokers in your perfect family.give us a break will you. so some people do. have you ever thought it might be one of their only pleasures. you my friend i bet are a right killjoy. for pitys sake get a life and stop picking faults with petty little things
stevie with this shower running the country and their shameful persecution of the working class the sooner their is civil disobedience on a grand scale the better. they deserve it.
There will be no civil disobedience, the government has put down it's marker in punishing those who get together by kettling. Jailing opportunists for 6 months for being part of a gang/lawless mob/affront to society (delete as appropriate) that stole smokes or a bottle of water or a left shoe from foot-locker. Threats of rubber bullets should dampen yer enthusiasm to storm down to westminster as well.. And outright banning altogether, when it suits, will see that we all bend over and grease up:)
The laws of supply & demand should be operating here but they obviously are not. I suspect it is due to the fact that those who do not work and refuse to work get their rent paid by the authorities results in landlords having no reason to reduce rents to keep demand up. With house prices falling, rents shoud fall also but they are not - they are rising due to lack of supply. This chain of events has to be reversed to cure this situation. Not an ideal scene but one that has to happen before the lower-paid employee can afford to rent or even buy a house.
Yes david I agree, but buying too expensive and too many greedy landlords out there!!
David thatcher stopped building council houses in the 80s .she let people buy them on the cheap. she took 75% of the rents off the councils . millions of council houses have been sold off. the Victorian landlord came back . in 1978 the rent on a council flat was £8 pw all in. thatchers Britain Blair was a Tory he carried it on
Did I even mention party politics? For gods sake Stephen, get a life!
like it r not they created this problem
David, where housing is concerned, it IS inevitably about 'party politics'.
stephen's point addresses the main cause of this housing crisis. like you said, supply and demand...
So why didn't brown solve the problem during the 13 years that he had the chance to ? Also, which way would you say that the majority of council house residents voted during the 80s ? It's not Thatchers fault, It's everyones greed that caused this problem.
thatcher created a selfish greedy society . this is thatchers Britain
This is Tory Britain today
yes clearing up Liebour's mess again
Er not just labour bankers as well but do you see them having their money stopped! Sorry grant but I disagree, why is it always the little people who suffer while your caring tory party and their rich banking friends lord it up! It stinks!!
Really. I thought that house prices were pushed up through the Labour years by everyone thinking they were property developers
haaaaaaaaaa your a joke
Thatchers been gone for year but then socialist love living in the past, it means there is no need to live up to reality
There is something basically wrong if you go out to work and yet you can not provide a roof over your families heads or meet their needs. The object of going to work is to provide for your family if you are married and have children and strive for a better standard of life.. If you are single then you you are working to provide you with the things you would like to do or have. Obviously the system does not work and the government should be rethinking this as to why this is happening and doing something about it. The track record is they kill off families and what is worrying is the universal credit will put even more presure on families when housing benefit will be greatly reduced
this govt does not think, let alone rethink. 'policies' basically comprise asset stripping of the UK with the resulting capital shared between the super rich courtesy of Dave
Christopher there is A government should not allow the population to increase beyond the resources available we now only produce 60% of the food we eat we are short of houses road are overcrowded water supply is at its limit electric supply at its limit so what have we done - allow millions to enter the country to bail out the massive short fall in public sector workers pension fund Reduction in the population to the resources available should be a target for the future not allow more in to increase the strain on services
martin was it not brown who sold of the countries gold at a knock down price - costing the tax payer billions or is your memory that short
this is ime afraid the state of things in the country today. the worrying thing being that cameron and his government are going out of their way to ensure things get even worse. their persecution of the working class. the elderly. disabled. mentally ill and anyone on benefits is nothing short of criminal. cutting taxes for the rich while squeezing every last penny he possibly can from the millions of ordinary people .he watches quite unconcerned as living standards fall a little more day by day. this government has no morals .they dont care about the people they were elected to look after. all they care about is themselves and theor own class of people ie the rich. its shameful what theyre doing
And putting the whole country into debt for generations to come is perfectly acceptable and noble is it?
the british workforce are only getting the dregs of the benefit system! MOST BENEFITS IN BRITAIN TODAY GO TO THE RICH AND POWERFUL!!
Remember when everybody became property developers in the boom years of the Labour house price rise. Spending money they weren't really earning because house prices were going up.
This is the inevitable result of government's management of the country over the last 40 years. If you import large numbers of people and pay people to breed the results are overpopulation and a shortage of everything.
See comment above from Robinson 56 Chris - that is the real cause of the housing shortage.
Hi Janet, Sorry that's like sticking a plaster on a cancer. Unless you solve the real problem it won't go away.
Don`t like children .Who is going to wipe your backside when you go GaGa immigration has been the life force in this country for years staffing our N.H.S investing in new industries i.e. Mills in Bradford Jaguar in Liverpool ect.
No problem with children just over population. Wont go gaga there are other alternatives. No problem with imported people just overpopulation.
The clue is in the second paragraph of the article... 'A failure to build enough new homes in recent years...' A massive house-building programme is essential, not only to provide desperately needed affordable homes for the estimated 5 million in need, but think of the hundreds of thousands of jobs and apprenticeships it would create and the benefits bills it would reduce at a stroke. It only needs the political will to do it.
I could not agree more.
Disagree The problem has been caused by uncontrolled Immigration If you allow 6 million in without having the infrastructure in place you create the problem. A reduction in population would be the answer. The uk needs to be made less attractive to those who come over here for a better life all those wishing to come here should Pay £150,000.00 K to the government for infra structure Have their own freehold property owned outright Not be entitled to benefits until they have worked for a minimum of 10 years No one in the UK should be entitled to benefit unlees They have been resident for a minimum of 16 years and have contributed into the system for a minimum of 10 years
Why did we sell off our council house stock? especially at discount prices, if you have lived in private rented accomodation I'm sure your landlord would'nt even offer it for sale never mind give a discount. I lived in a council house for several years and when it became possible to get a mortgage I bought cheaply and worked my way up. A lot of my friends thought I had ideas above my station buying my own house. Not for them giving up their beer, fags and nights in the pub to waste their hard earned money on buying a home. So lets have council houses for those that need them and use them as they were intended.
We bought our council house nearly 30 years ago - it was an offer we couldn't refuse. However, the council should have been allowed to build more homes with the money they got from sales and they weren't. By the way, my parents bought their rented house at the same time, from a private housing association.
I think my council spent all the sale money on road humps and chicanes.
Janet wrong i didn't and i never will . we are not all me me me i know right from wrong you never should have had a council house .
johnmstg42 nice to see that some people are normal in this twisted society good for you know right from wrong
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Tenants bought the council stock 2 to 3 times over with their rents. Deserved a chance after that. Plus the houses in my street were 80 year old and problematic so good for the council to move them on rather than constantly shell out for costly repairs. Question is _ where did the money from the sales go?.
Selling off the council stock made no difference to the number of house available, they just moved from public to private ownership. The problem was that by giving a 60% discount for every three sold there would have only been enough income to build one new house had the councils been permitted to re provide The council I worked for at he time used the money to modernise the remaining stock bring the houses up to to the standard of the day - re wire central heating, double glazing, fitted kitchens and bathrooms And then some of the tenants complained as they could no longer keep the horse in the down stair toilet / coal store