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Kent County Council leader Paul Carter pulls controversial welfare changes report linking homelessness to benefit changes

04 December 2013
by Paul Francis

Kent County Council leader Paul Carter

Kent County Council leader Paul Carter

KCC leader Paul Carter has pulled a report that linked welfare changes to rising homelessness and more people using foodbanks, saying he does not agree with its conclusions.

The move is highly embarrassing for the council and has triggered opposition party claims that KCC does not want to be seen to be critical of the government's controversial benefit changes.

Mr Carter, whose name was on the report, admitted he had not seen its findings before they appeared on the agenda for a meeting taking place on Friday.

The report provides an overview of the potentially wide-ranging impact of benefits changes, such as the ‘bedroom tax’ and the cap that limits what claimants are entitled to.

He said: "The report will reappear but I want to make sure that we have a fair and well balanced report. I read it quickly and decided that there were conclusions being drawn that could be linked with a whole range of other issues."

He denied he was playing politics. "This one slipped through the net and I do have some concerns about the report."

Click here to see the suppressed report.

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