Benefit cut on cards

More than 1,000 people could be plunged into debt and forced out of their homes due to changes in the benefits system, according to a campaign group.

As part of the Government’s overhaul, people who claim jobseeker’s allowance for 12 months will have their housing benefit automatically cut by ten per cent leaving unemployed households to make up the shortfall in their rent.

In Doncaster, 1,665 people have been claiming jobseeker’s allowance for more than 12 months, according to the National Housing Federation.

The current weekly housing benefit payment for someone who is also claiming Jobseeker’s is £91.35 but it would be reduced from April 2013 so the householder who have to find £9.14 to cover the shortfall.The proposals are part of the Welfare Reform Act.

Michelle Park, regional manager for the federation in Yorkshire and Humberside, said: ” To reduce the housing allowance for those out of work means punishing people for failing to find a job in a very difficult job market.”

The federation represents 1,200 housing associations.