'Absolutely necessary' to get housing benefit under control

Housing benefit almost doubled over the last decade to over £23 billion a year, so it's absolutely necessary that we get that spending under control.

We are closely monitoring the reforms to ensure councils are informing people about the changes, and spending the extra £390m we have provided to support their residents.

– Spokesperson for the Department of Work and Pensions

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Benefit changes introduced

There are fresh concerns about the impact of changes to the welfare system, including the introduction of the so-called 'bedroom tax'.