Alex Cunningham MP Speaks Out Against Housing Benefit Changes

The Tory-led Government’s changes to Housing Benefit are unfair and will hit the poorest hardest, according to local MP Alex Cunningham.

Alex, who sits on the Work & Pensions Select Committee, spoke during last week’s Westminster Hall Debate on the Government’s changes. He said:

“3,000 people in Stockton-on-Tees will lose out by at least £7 a week thanks to the Tory-led Government’s reforms to Housing Benefit.

“More and more local people are struggling to make ends meet as they face rising petrol prices and higher bills at the supermarket as inflation soars above wage increases.”

“That £7 will make a big difference to the weekly budget of thousands of families, not just in Stockton-on-Tees but across the country.”

“In evidence to the Work & Pensions Select Committee the homeless charity Shelter estimated that 72,000 families with 129,000 children will be forced to move home thanks to the Government’s plans.”

“The Labour Party recognises that Housing Benefit does need reform but these changes are being forced through far too fast and will do untold damage to thousands of families across the country.”