§ Mr. Burt
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Benefit tapers ensure that low wage earners who are able to increase their income by working harder, or for longer hours, do not lose all or more of any increase in earnings because of the withdrawal of income-related benefits. The current system of tapers concentrates help on those at the bottom of the income scale.
Housing benefit is available to people who are in or out of work, to meet reasonable rents or reasonable rent increases.