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Conservatives’ four-year LHA freeze followed a series of cruel cuts

Margaret Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to the government’s announcement that it is to end Local Housing Allowance rate freeze, said “Despite this long-overdue move, many people’s housing benefit will still fall far short of covering their rent.

“The Conservatives’ four-year freeze followed a series of cuts and together they have cruelly pushed many private tenants into poverty. Often people face impossible choices between paying the rent and meeting other essential bills.

“Labour is calling on this government to increase the level of Housing Benefit to ensure that people on low incomes are not put at risk of homelessness and destitution.”