Employment and Housing Benefit
In England nearly a quarter of people in receipt of Housing Benefit are employed. This has increased year-on-year from 11% in 2008.
Low wages, stagnant pay increases and rising housing costs all play their part in making housing unaffordable. Having a job no longer means a worker can be sure of covering their housing costs.
The lack of affordable housing available means that the Housing Benefit bill to the taxpayer will tend to rise. Today, over 3.8m households claim Housing Benefit, up from 3.6m in 2008.
And over 1.2 million households who rent in the private sector claim Housing Benefit, up 29% on 2008.
Housing associations want to build the homes the nation needs. They aim to build more affordable housing at better value to the taxpayer and directly address the housing crisis.