Welfare reforms 'will hit councils'

Press Association
Iain Duncan Smith
Iain Duncan Smith

Councils could be forced to cut spending on roads and care for the elderly in order to support households losing out through the Government's welfare reforms, town hall chiefs have warned.

An in-depth study into the impacts of Iain Duncan Smith's radical shake-up of the welfare system estimated less than a quarter of the 1.18 million English workless households affected by housing benefit cuts would be able to mitigate the impact of the reforms by moving to a cheaper property or finding a job, which could lead councils having to pay out to support them.