Benefit freeze could be devastating for families

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More than 2500 working families in Sheffield could be affected by plans to freeze housing benefit for private renters - according to new research from housing charity Shelter.

Shelter has revealed the potentially devastating impact of this freeze on the benefit, which helps families on lower incomes to pay their rent, and is already restricted to cover rents in the cheapest third of privately rented homes.

The freeze, which comes into force next April, will see housing benefit frozen until 2020.

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: “This looming freeze could push thousands of working families in Sheffield to the brink.”