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Sustainable London?The future of a global city$
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Rob Imrie and Loretta Lees

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310594

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310594.001.0001

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Sustaining London’s welfare in an age of austerity

Sustaining London’s welfare in an age of austerity

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(p.129) Seven Sustaining London’s welfare in an age of austerity
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Sustainable London?
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Chris Hamnett

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447310594.003.0007

This chapter discusses changes in government welfare expenditure and the impact on social sustainability. Due to the generally high cost of housing in London, and the above average number of households in poverty, London has a disproportionate volume of Housing Benefit expenditure. The chapter contends that government cuts in welfare spending will hit London hard. One effect is that a significant number of low-income Londoners will be forced out of inner London when their welfare benefit payments are cut, as they will no longer be able to afford to pay high rents.

Keywords:   welfare cuts, Housing Benefit, welfare expenditure, low-income Londoners, social sustainability

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