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Enfield highest in capital for claiming housing benefits
Studies have shown that Enfield has the highest number of people receiving housing benefit for privately rented property in the capital.
A staggering 70.4 per cent (18,711 homes) of the 26,591 privately rented households in the borough are in receipt of housing benefit, according to figures posted by trade union, GMB.
Second place in the standings is the borough of Barking and Dagenham at 60.2 per cent, a remarkable ten per cent lower than Enfield.
Neighbouring boroughs Haringey and Barnet came in 9th and 11th highest of all 32 boroughs in London.
Paul Hayes, GMB Regional Secretary, said: “This growth in buy to let lending will give rise to even more claims by landlords for housing benefit to pay the rents. Taxpayers already pay rent to private landlords owning 281,774 dwellings in the capital.
“Taxpayers already pay rent to private landlords owning more than 1.5million dwellings in England and Wales. This latest growth will likely add another 16,000 new claimants.”
An Enfield Borough Council spokesman said: "This reflects the individuality of Enfield’s local housing market. The numbers of people receiving housing benefit is tenth in London according to the Government dataset published in February.
"Due to the lower levels of social rented housing in Enfield, the proportion of claimants living in private tenancies is going to be higher than other councils who have a much larger social housing stock. If you look at the proportion of housing benefit claimants living in social rented housing, Enfield has the third lowest in London.
"Enfield is determined to address the issue of affordable housing. We have a comprehensive programme of regeneration and estate renewal aimed at increasing the number and quality of affordable housing locally.
"We are asking the Government to free up regulations that would enable us to borrow money to build more affordable housing. We are also working with local partner organisations to address poverty and unemployment and it is pleasing to see that the number of people claiming jobseekers allowance in Enfield reduced by over ten per cent in the past six months."
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