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Govt to deny housing benefit to jobless immigrants

Unemployed immigrants will be prevented from claiming housing benefit under plans put forward by senior ministers in a bid to prevent people exploiting the UK's welfare state, the Government announced. Restrictions will come into force in April.

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Benefits debate 'mired by stereotypes and scapegoats'

Politicians across the political spectrum are marginalising society's most vulnerable people in their attempts to establish "hard rules" over benefits, a leading campaigner has told ITV News.

Duncan Shrubsole, from homeless charity Crisis, said the Government's current benefits system is "cruel" and "unfair" and its back-to-work programme is not working.

Mr Shrubsole said he welcomed a public debate on benefits, but without attempts to stereotype and scapegoat claimants, the vast majority of whom he said are actively seeking work.

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