Thursday, April 21, 2011
Another gross waste of taxpayers’ money
A family is being given Â£1,460 a week accommodation out of the Housing Benefit coffers of Londonâ€™s deprived East End, it has emerged. The family of 12â€”both parents and 10 childrenâ€”is thought to have arrived in east London in the last two months from Ethiopia and is now being supported by Tower Hamlets social services. The amount is 2.5x more than the next highest weekly sum claimed by another family who were paid Â£613 that week. Eight more families were claiming between Â£516 and Â£590, according to figures from the authorityâ€™s housing benefits claims department. The total bill hit almost Â£121 million in housing benefit for privately-rented accommodation for 2008-09 and another Â£38m for public housing in just 12 months.