Housing benefit claimants rise by 1,000 per cent in Croydon

Number of working claimants have risen by more than ten thousand

Number of working claimants have risen by more than ten thousand

First published in Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Croydon is the housing benefit capital of the UK after figures show more working people than ever are claiming in the borough.

Numbers from the House of Commons Library, which were sent out by Labour this morning, show Croydon has had an increase of 1100% in working people claiming housing benefit since 2010.

In 2010 1051 employed people were claimants in Croydon but in the space of three years that rose to 12,610, which is the most in the whole country.

The total amount of claimants also rose from 32,953 to 36,559 which is an increase of 11 per cent.

Residents will get the chance to ask questions about housing benefit and the cost of living at an event at the Sir Philip Game Centre, 38 Morland Avenue, Croydon, from 9.15am to 10.30am.

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP and Shadow Housing Minister and Rachel Reeves, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions will be on hand to answer questions at the event. 

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