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Housing benefit rises "caused by housing shortage"

The London Assembly heard today that the shortage of available homes in London is why housing benefit costs have risen. The Government is about to introduce measures to limit housing benefits.

The Assembly members heard evidence from Kate Bell from the Child Poverty Action Group and Geoff Fimister from Citizen's Advice.

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Camden: benefits cap could force 700 families away

Camden Council says cuts to housing benefit could mean more than 700 families will have to move out of London to another city.

The benefit caps in the borough limits total payments to £500 a week for families, which means they won't be able to afford their current housing in the capital.

Camden Council says it's exploring other housing options for the families, in cities like Leicester and Birmingham.