Housing benefit cuts ‘will push disabled people further into poverty’

Government cuts to spending on housing benefit are likely to increase homelessness among disabled people and push them further into poverty, according to a disabled people’s pressure group.

The Local Housing Allowance Reform Group (LHARG) spoke out in evidence submitted to the Commons work and pensions committee’s inquiry into the housing benefit changes announced in June’s emergency budget.

The changes include cuts to local housing allowance (LHA) rates, although disabled people who need an overnight support worker will now be able to claim LHA for the cost of an extra bedroom….

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