North East sees 48% rise in housing benefit claimants since 2010

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The number of housing benefit claims made in the North East has almost doubled since 2010, an analysis of Government data has shown.

The Labour Party says low pay and soaring housing costs have led to the sharp rise, and criticised the Tories for allowing the benefits bill to escalate.

Labour’s Shadow Secretary for Work and Pensions, Rachel Reeves said the cost of housing benefit has risen to £1.3bn since 2010.

While London saw the highest rise in the country at 52%, the North East was a close second with 48%.

Catherine McKinnell, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Newcastle North said:

“This government has been content to build an economy based on low paid jobs. Our region has seen a huge increase in the number of working people forced to claim in work benefits to pay housing costs.

“This isn’t the way to build prosperity for the long-term. Labour has…

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