Families on benefits will be forced out, study claims

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UNEMPLOYED families will no longer be able to live in Portsmouth if the government goes ahead with a plan to cap benefits at £20,000, a study has found.

Housing charity Shelter claims Portsmouth, along with large parts of England, will become unaffordable for families who rely on the housing benefit to make ends meet.

Roger Harding, of Shelter, said: ‘The benefit cap isn’t just impacting on very expensive postcodes any more, we’re talking about places like Portsmouth and Basingstoke being off-limits to small, struggling families who need some support.’