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  • "There are so many schemes looking for volunteers maybe these people should be used as volunteers( volunteer them army style) .
    this could be away of earning the social they're claiming.
    A bit of hard work will get many crying "it's not fair" but if they don't like it go abroad & see if you can live for free.
    Canal reclamation are looking for volunteers all the time & many rivers & environmental groups could do with the help. this would not take paid work from some one but would show which ones would like a job & which ones don't ever want to work.
    As for high private rents if we never had students & Eastern Europeans there would be a glut of rental properties & the rent would come tumbling down. Look at the past before when we had only one Uni.& no migrant workers I rented out a two bedroom house the most the social would pay was £400 a month Labour changed that & allowed the landlords to charge what ever they wanted & now we're seeing the cost to us all. but saying that these people can shop around & find properties for a lot less than £1,000 a month even with that they still would get more than a thousand pounds a month to spend Are you honestly telling me that's not enough?
    I get from my pension £1,400 I pay £429 mortgage a month so I get less than £1,000 a month & I & my wife still manage to save money so stop the cr+p this should be sorted & maybe the teenagers who were offered jobs on a farm wouldn't say I get more on the dole & I won't get out of bed for that"
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300 city households claiming £26,000 a year in benefits

300 city households claiming £26,000 a year in benefits

300 city households claiming £26,000 a year in benefits

First published in News

THREE-hundred households in Southampton are claiming benefits of more than £26,000 a year, the Daily Echo can reveal.

The annual income is the equivalent of a gross salary of £35,000 – more than £10,000 higher than the average city wage.

It is the first time the local impact of the Government’s controversial benefits cap, which was finally agreed in the House of Lords last week, has been known.

Ministers believe a limit is needed to ensure nobody is better off claiming welfare when they could be in work.

But critics have branded the onesize- fits-all £26,000 cap “arbitrary”, warning it could make people homeless in high-rent areas.

The figures, rounded to the nearest 100, are contained in a parliamentary answer due to be released later this week.

Among the 300 claimants in Southampton, around 100 will be the biggest losers from the cap because they earn at least £100 a week over the proposed limit – giving them an annual income of at least £31,000.

In the Hampshire County Council area and Isle of Wight, the number affected was less than 100. There are 200 claimants above £26,000 a year in Portsmouth.

Officials estimate 67,000 households will be affected across the country, losing on average £83 a week.

Some benefits are not included in the total, including disability living allowance and war widow payments.

Most of those affected are in London, because high rental costs drive up housing benefit. Many areas of the north have been barely affected due to lower living costs.

The benefit cap was initially thrown out by the House of Lords after opposition from bishops, Lib Dem rebels and Labour peers.

But after Government concessions, including new measures to support people who have just lost their jobs, peers approved the move.

John Denham, Labour MP for Southampton Itchen, backed the principle of a cap, but said it should vary across the country – meaning people could claim more in the south-east than the north.

He said: “We are very concerned about the way this is being implemented.”

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