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Osborne's £10bn benefits cut

The Government is to press ahead with plans to slash an extra £10 billion from the welfare budget by 2016-17, the Chancellor has said in his speech to the Conservative party conference.

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Shelter: Cutting housing benefit to under-25s a 'huge blow'

The housing charity Shelter has responded to George Osborne's proposal to cut housing benefits to those under the age of 25.

The head of the charity, Campbell Robb, said it is wrong to use the age bracket as "shorthand for people who don’t have responsibilities or adult commitments".

  • Most under-25s who can live with their parents already do so
  • More than half of those who claim benefit already have a family of their own
  • Six in ten will be on benefits for less than six months while they look for work
  • Many will have been paying into the system through their years of employment

Mr Robb added: "Removing such a vital source of support will be a huge blow for young people struggling to set themselves up in life."

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