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    Default Re: Should benefits be capped at £26,000 per household?

    OK, so to save money on benefits the government needs to spend millions on building council houses. But the government aren't spending any money, apparently we're skint.

    It's not ridiculous if there's a valid reason, such as lack of council houses.

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    Yes the government need to start building more council houses. It would get people back into work (providing the building jobs are offered to people here) and it would save councils having to use extortionately expensive private accomodation as social housing.

    In the meantime the council should set a cap on what they will pay out for rents. Its been reported that some people on benefits can be living in a house that charges £400 pw.
    That is ridiculous... and I cant see any reason valid or otherwise why hard working taxpayers should be paying for houses for people on benefits that they could never afford for themselves.

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    Default Re: Should benefits be capped at £26,000 per household?

    Yes, but in the meantime people will have nowhere to live, they need to build the houses first, and they can't do that because they don't have the money. They're looking at cuts, not spending.

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    Of course they would have somewhere to live. They should be moved to cheaper smaller accomodation in cheaper areas.
    There are always vacant houses around. If someone has 3 or 4 kids they dont have to have a 4 bedroomed house... which is what has been happening.
    There are plenty 3 bedroomed houses or 2 bedroomed flats for smaller families that could house people in the interim.

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    Default Re: Should benefits be capped at £26,000 per household?

    Or simply tell the landlords who have been creaming it in that will pay less in future... that would probably work too.

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    Default Re: Should benefits be capped at £26,000 per household?

    Quote Originally Posted by syl1 View Post
    Of course they would have somewhere to live. They should be moved to cheaper smaller accomodation in cheaper areas.
    There are always vacant houses around. If someone has 3 or 4 kids they dont have to have a 4 bedroomed house... which is what has been happening.
    There are plenty 3 bedroomed houses or 2 bedroomed flats for smaller families that could house people in the interim.
    OK, so we're back to where we were before you brought social housing into it. Moving people into cheap areas, pulling children out of schools, separating people from their friends and family, moving them away from where the work is, none of this is going to help get people back in work.

    These cuts, or at the least the support they receive, is based on one or two bad apples abusing the system. The majority will just be penalised for nothing, because the poor are the easiest to hit.

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    Default Re: Should benefits be capped at £26,000 per household?

    Quote Originally Posted by syl1 View Post
    Or simply tell the landlords who have been creaming it in that will pay less in future... that would probably work too.
    Does that work? Can you just tell your landlord you're going to pay them less rent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earl View Post
    Does that work? Can you just tell your landlord you're going to pay them less rent?
    I presume they have contracts, they can negotiate when the present one is up.

    As for the moving people away from the areas they live in.
    Look, many people relocate for various reasons. The fact is if you are living on benefits you should not be in a very expensive property that you and me are paying for.
    A property that millions of hard working people could never afford to live in.

    Its not just the odd few which I would have thought either, there will be 67 thousand households which will be worse off... that means 67 thousand housholds are recieving more than £500 a week benefits in the UK.

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    Default Re: Should benefits be capped at £26,000 per household?

    There you go, you have to wait until the contract ends.

    You can't determine which of those households have high rents, for starters. If someone who was once earning a reasonably good wage falls on hard times the decent thing to do is help them out until they manage to find another job, that's how it works now. What would happen of they make cuts is more people being evicted and tossed into sink estates with less chance of moving on and moving up. For the sake of a few months support, entire families lives could be ruined.

    No, rather than a cap on money, there should be a cap on time limits. You cut the amount from £500 to £400, and there's a good chance you'll just end up paying less, for longer. The problem families are the ones who have been claiming these large amounts for a long period of time. It would be just as easy to target those specific families.

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    Default Re: Should benefits be capped at £26,000 per household?

    I agree that long term benefit claimants cant be classed in the same boat as people who have recently become unemployed, but surely someone who has worked would'nt already be in a house that the council were paying for?

    I live on a private estate, over the last few years several people have not been able to pay their mortgages through hard times, they have had to move.
    People have bought the houses and then presumably rented them out to local council, because we now have at least two DHSS families living in our road.

    The responsible hard working families could'nt afford to live here, yet people who are long term unemployed with several kids now do... is that fair?

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