Easington MP raises fears over North East benefits cut

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HOUSING benefit cuts will hit tens of thousands of people across the North East, a politician has claimed.

Easington MP Grahame Morris warned David Cameron at Prime Minister’s Questions of the effects changes to benefit would have.

Tenants with an unoccupied bedroom face losing £11 a week when changes start in 2013.

“The Prime Minister will be aware that his Government are consulting on their changes to housing benefit claims under the criteria of under-occupancy,” said Mr Morris.

“This will adversely affect 450,000 disabled people – 33,000 in the North East alone, who stand to lose an average £607 a year, with a substantial number in my constituency.”

Mr Cameron said: “We are making a specific exclusion to deal with people who have carers in their home, but we do have to reform housing benefit.

“It was one of those budget items that was completely out of control.”