UK benefit cuts may create shortage of affordable housing

Move will put 800,000 homes out of reach of people in receipt of welfare payments, study says
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A study by UK's Chartered Institute of Housing has claimed housing benefit cuts and caps being introduced this month will put 800,000 homes out of reach of people in receipt of welfare payments
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It could lead to families having to choose cutting food bills to pay rent or moving out (Getty Images)
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Because welfare is set at Westminster, the cuts will also be felt in Scotland, according to The Guardian newspaper
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Chartered Institute of Housing says families face choice of cutting food bills to pay rent or moving out, the daily said
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The report also warns that the cap of a maximum $388 a week on a two-bedroom home could lead to 'benefit ghettoes' and force poorer families into migrating into cheaper areas (Getty Images)
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The Chartered Institute of Housing has found there will be thousands more claimants than properties that are affordable on benefits alone(Getty Images)