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Cameron caught out on housing benefit

As usual, the Prime Minister gets the facts wrong on a complex and sensitive issue.

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If we are prepared to pay-as we are-£20,000 in housing benefit, there is no reason why anyone should be left without a home.

- David Cameron speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, 27 October 2010

Our modelling indicates that we could see an additional 20,000 homelessness acceptances as a result of the total benefit cap. This on top of the of the 20,000 additional acceptances already anticipated as a result of other changes to Housing Benefit.

- Letter to the prime minister from the office of Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, leaked to the Observer.

For further reading, see Tom Clark's June 2011 piece: £26,000? The truly nasty cap fits.