Almost half of privately rented Bexley households claim housing benefit

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 August 2013 | UPDATED: 08:18 22 August 2013

Almost half of the households who rent privately in Bexley are claiming benefits according to new figures.

Bexley had the sixth highest percentage in London following a study by the GMB Union.

In total 5,245 of 10,556 private renting households claim housing benefit - 49.7 per cent. Bexley lags some way behind Enfield, who top the table with 70.4 per cent, but they are a long way ahead of the neighbouring boroughs of Lewisham, Bromley and Greenwich.

GMB regional secretary Paul Hayes 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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