Friday, 14 December 2018
Thursday 28 October 2010

Labour Encourages Housing Benefit Abuse

Housing benefit cap is right decision

I am getting very tired of all the moaning from the Labour Party about the forthcoming housing benefit cap. Predictably, Slough MP Fiona MacTaggart has waded in with her concerns of Slough becoming overcrowded with an influx of people that can no longer afford to live in more expensive areas.

These claims of potential overcrowding in Slough, while entirely possible, are a bit rich when one considers that Labour has been in power for thirteen yeas with Slough council under Labour control for most of that period - and yet the town's population grew massively during those years with many people living in substandard conditions. Just look at the 5,000 people living in Slough's garden sheds. This disgrace is an example of Labour's complete failure of policy both locally and nationally and has already put a shocking strain on local services.

Nevertheless, given the current funding crisis, is seems absolutely right that people in receipt of housing benefit are shoehorned out of mansions in Kensington. I fail to see why people in receipt of state benefits should be living in properties that are out of the reach of most working people.

The real scandal is how Labour's policies have already made Slough an overcrowded ghetto and how it also failed to address the needs of people in receipt of housing benefit and get them back to work. No wonder the housing benefit bill spiralled to an unsustainable £20 billion under Labour's watch.

The coalition government may be bringing in this housing benefit cap of £400 per week but it is only required because of Labour failures.

Tristan Miles