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04/10/2019 00:01 BST | Updated 07/10/2019 13:34 BST

Could You Afford To Rent On Benefits? Use Our Postcode Checker

A new investigation reveals some UK cities have no affordable homes. See how many are available in your area.

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The Bureau of Investigative Journalism found only 6% of rental properties would be affordable on housing benefits.

Housing benefit is supposed to ensure that hard-up people can afford to rent the cheapest 30% of homes on the market. But that is far from the reality, a new investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has revealed.

On a single day, the Bureau checked listings for 63,000 two-bed properties across Great Britain and found only 6% had rents that would be covered by housing benefit.

The average housing benefit would need to increase by £100 each month to make the bottom 30% of the two-bed properties sampled affordable.

In some cities there were no affordable properties at all.

How many properties are available in your area? You can use our postcode checker to find out.

Read the full exclusive story, published in partnership with HuffPost UK, here.