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‘Get out of your home’ and work

Issue No. 2208

The Tories want the unemployed to give up their council homes and move in search of work.

In an echo of Norman Tebbit’s call in 1981 for the unemployed to “get on your bike” to look for work, Tory work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, thinks the out of work are trapped in their home ºtowns.

The Tories see council tenants’ secure tenancies as a barrier preventing them moving to take whatever low paid work is going.

Duncan-Smith says unemployed council tenants will be offered “incentives” to move. He also wants people to move out of “under-occupied” council homes that are “too big for them”.

Cap will mean more homeless

Private rents in seven central London boroughs are higher than the cap on housing benefit announced in the budget last week.

Many poor families face losing their homes as a result.

The proposed cap to housing benefit is £400 per week for four-bedroom houses, £340 for three-bed housing and £290 for two beds.

Labour councillors in Westminster have calculated that 84 percent of the 5,430 housing benefit claims in the borough would breach these limits.

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