59% rise in Ribble Valley housing benefit claims

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The number of Ribble Valley people in work but still eligible to claim housing benefit rose by 59% between May, 2010, and November, 2013.

Figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions show that in May, 2010, a total of 1,753 people in the Ribble Valley were claiming housing benefit, of which 198 were employed but not earning enough to put them above the benefit threshold.

By November, 2013, the total number of housing benefit claimants in Ribble Valley had risen by 12% to 1,962 and of those claimants 315 were employed.

That means the number of people in work but still qualifying for housing benefit had risen by 59% over the three-and-a-half year period.

The increase is seen as a 
reflection on the failure of wages to keep pace with the cost of living throughout the economic crisis, with more and more people having to rely on state benefits.

In neighbouring Pendle, the situation is far worse, with the number of in-work claimants rising from 134 in 2010 to 1,175 last year.

That is a staggering 777% increase, even though the total number of Pendle’s housing benefits claimants rose by just 2% over the same period.