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George McManus: “We Demand That Housing Benefit Cuts Be Stopped”

By George McManus.

Labour Chairman in Beverley and Holderness George McManus is demanding action to reverse drastic budget cuts which will see thousands of people forced to leave their East Riding homes.

The figures come as officers at Hull City Council gave a stark warning to councillors that up to 2000 people may be forced to find alternative,cheaper accommodation in the city when government cuts to Local Housing Allowance bite later this year.

The Government have decided that benefits which are paid to working and non working people will be cut by an average of £700 hundred pounds a year.  Unless landlords reduce rents, low paid and out off work tenants will be forced to make up the difference or move to cheaper areas.

Speaking today, East Riding Council’s Labour Chief Whip Cllr Josh Newlove said, ‘We’ve been warning of this for the last 6 months. Only now are people starting to recognise the impact that will be made by these cruel and unjustified government cuts.’

Tranby Labour Chairman Dan Palmer said, ‘8000 East Riding families receive this support.  Most of those are working people on low wages.  Not only will they be forced out of their homes but they may lose their jobs due to increased travel costs. Hull could be facing a time bomb as low paid workers move to Hull only to find that they add to the unemployed figures placing further strain on services. These cuts must be stopped.’

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About dermotrathbone

Writer and co author "Through Red Lenses". Activist Unite the Union, Save Our NHS Hull. Fan of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Hull FC, Munster and Ireland Rugby. Views are mine alone and may not reflect the organisations concerned.

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