Saturday, August 20, 2016
Equivalent to Hinkley Point C every two years
Private landlords in the UK received twice as much in housing benefit last year - Â£9.3bn - as they did a decade ago, a report says. The National Housing Federation (NHF) study said the increase was due to a big rise in the number of private tenants claiming housing benefit. The NHF said this particular group of people had grown by 42% since 2008. In 2006, some Â£4.6bn in housing benefit was paid to private landlords, a figure which had more than doubled by 2015. NHF chief executive David Orr said: "It is madness to spend Â£9bn of taxpayers' money lining the pockets of private landlords rather than investing in affordable homes."