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Half of Bexley private renting households claim housing benefit
MORE than half of households who rent privately in Bexley are receiving housing benefit, according to new figures.
This is the sixth highest proportion in London with 5,245 of 10,556 private renting households in the borough claiming the payment, according to a study by the GMB union.
Neighbouring Lewisham, Bromley and Greenwich are 17th, 20th and 21st respectively out of the capital’s 32 boroughs.
Enfield comes top with 70.4 per cent of private rented households in receipt of housing benefit.
Paul Hayes, GMB Regional Secretary, said: "Growth in buy to let lending will give rise to even more claims by landlords for housing benefit to pay the rents. Taxpayers already pay rent to private landlords owning 281,774 dwellings in the capital.
"Public funds should be switched to investment in social housing. Half the cash spent in Britain on housing benefit last year would fund more than 80,000 new homes each year across the country.
"Ending corporate welfare will save taxpayer’s money and will kick start the local economy. It will provide families with better quality houses with more security of tenure."
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