Local backlash over benefits

 
Tim Wallace
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THE CAP on housing benefits is driving Newham council to ask other areas – including Stoke, 160 miles away – to take its low-income renters off its hands.

With 32,000 people on its waiting list, the council claims the £300 per week cap on housing allowance is too low for it to house everyone.

“Newham is under significant pressure,” a spokesman said, arguing that it has been struggling for years with residents moving there from central London.