More Working People Require Housing Benefit Due to Cost of Living Crisis

The number of working households who are claiming housing benefit has increased by a staggering 56% since May 2010 in Flintshire. The cost of living crisis has left hundreds of working people relying on housing benefit to help pay their bills.

Working people are now an average £1600 a year worse off as wages have fallen while prices have soared. The Coalition Government’s failure to tackle to the cost of living crisis, the rise of zero hour contracts and insecure work is forcing people 1000’s of people to require housing benefit to keep a roof over their heads.

Mark Tami MP said, ‘Working families are really struggling due to the cost of living crisis which is why I support Labour’s plans to freeze gas and electricity bills until 2017, introduce a lower 10p starting rate of tax, raise the national minimum wage and end the abuse of zero hour contracts.’