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Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to the Government’s plans to scrap housing benefit to under-25s, said:

"This is a hazy and half-baked plan when we need a serious back to work programme for young families.

"Many young families with their first foot on the career ladder will be knocked off if help with their rent is taken away. And young families that want to work won't be able to move where the jobs are.

"The way to get the spiraling benefits bill down is start getting young people and young families back to work. That's why Labour's Real Jobs Guarantee financed by a tax on bankers’ bonuses is the right thing to do.

"I'm afraid this is another smokescreen from an out-of-touch Prime Minister who’s now put our country back into a double dip recession, forced up youth unemployment to over a million and is doing nothing to fix the unfolding chaos at the DWP. "

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