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“Families in Chesterfield could be up to £9 a week worse off because of housing allowance cuts” says Toby Perkins

Almost 1250 Chesterfield people will lose up to £11 a week when radical changes to housing benefit are introduced, according to the Town’s MP, Toby Perkins.

The families affected include 350 housing benefit recipients who currently work, figures released by the Housing charity, Shelter. Additionally, over 100 of those falling victim will be over the age of 65. Senior citizens are also fearful of cuts to other vital benefits without which many would find it impossible to stay above the poverty line.  

Speaking prior to an emergency House of Commons debate on the subject, Mr. Perkins said:-

“In a desparate effort to appear tough on so called ‘benefit cheats’ and pander to the right wing press, the Coalition is axing vital support from families who earn low incomes, pensioners and the unemployed. These are benefits for those who most rely on housing allowance for decent accommodation for themselves and their children.

This is a tremendous threat to Chesterfield, with many housing charities warning that many of our people may be thrown onto the streets as a direct result of this hasty and irresponsible proposal.

Douglas Alexander MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, added:-

“The Government’s plans mean that 700,000 of the country’s poorest people, including around 640 people in Chesterfield, will be on average £9 a week worse off with no time for individuals or landlords to adjust. This is a big drop in income for people struggling to make ends meet. The Government just doesn’t seem to understand that higher homelessness, like longer dole queues make it harder not easier to deal with the deficit.”

One Response to ““Families in Chesterfield could be up to £9 a week worse off because of housing allowance cuts” says Toby Perkins”

  1. Anon (chesterfield) says:

    This will be people like me then, a single mother living in a small two bedroom terraced house with my baby who is under the age of 1 and we are struggling so badly! It scared me to death that they are going to make further cuts, and I fear we will become homeless and not only that they are cutting the help with childcare by 10% from next year so it makes it more expensive to go back to work either way working or on benefits we will be in a financial mess….

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