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    Lee Fearon
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    It makes a very good point. Take away the HB and the net income of these families is actually very low. HB is merely a transfer payment. Anyway, I get sick and tired of the argument that this accommodation is not available to people in work. John Humphreys nearly fell into this trap in the recent BBC programme, although in the end the family he interviewed were working and he did mention low wage earners not being able to afford to work in London. Nobody seems to have grasped that it is equally accessible to those in work – provided their net income is low enough. From the customer’s point of view, there is no advantage to living in a cental London mansion if they can’t afford to heat it or cook in it

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    I think the biggest point is lost in the general body of the text:

    *********Housing Benefit is merely a transfer payment*************

    The media have made a lot of families being paid vast amounts of Housing Benefit, however they often fail to mention that the reason for the size of the payment is the size of the rent being paid to the landlord. Increasingly, it doesn’t matter where in the country you are renting, the cost of rents have soared with the fall in homeownership and this is a trend likely to continue.

    If only the majority (The hang ’em and flog ’em brigade) weren’t so gullible…

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