Benefit freeze leaves families facing steep rent rise or eviction, Shelter warns

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Teachers and other public sector workers risk homelessness.

By Toby Helm

Families who rely on state help to pay their rent will have to find hundreds of pounds extra every month to avoid eviction because of the government’s freeze on housing benefit, the homeless charity Shelter has warned.

Demands from Shelter and other housing organisations for a Government rethink come as a number of local authorities – mostly in the south of England – report that many of those being evicted and rendered homeless are now in full-time work, typically in public sector jobs such as teaching or nursing.


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