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Monday, October 4

Who benefits? Who cuts?

So, the picture is slowly emerging from the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham about how the coalition government is going to tackle the so-called benefit culture. The finer details are still to be announced, and no doubt the comprehensive spending review later in October will provide the flesh on the bones. But how will all this affect the social housing sector? Although it is unlikely that many people living in social housing will be affected by the loss of child benefit, there are real possibilities that social tenants will be faced with real benefit cuts which could lead to increases in child poverty, social exclusion and generally lower living standards?. Are the policies of the coalition government really aimed at 'the national interest' or are there more ideological forces at work here? However, these are very early days and it would be interesting to hear others' views on this.

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