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TOPIC: 5 things govt doesn't want you to know about benefits.

5 things govt doesn't want you to know about benefits. 29 Nov 2013 22:08 #1

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Lot of text, so pls follow link.
www.newstatesman.com/2013/11/5-benefit-changes-government-dont-want-you-know-about

Some shocking stuff in there...
...Even trying to threaten to take you children away...
5. Eviction letters are now including veiled threats to remove people’s children

Depressingly, even the cuts that do gain media attention seem to have certain aspects that remain hidden. It’s well highlighted that policies like the bedroom tax are leaving people unable to pay the rent. Less well publicized is the scale of rent arrears social tenants are finding themselves in – or the tacit threats being used to get monetary blood from the stones.

Nearly three quarters of housing association staff say their tenants are falling behind on rent this year, according to a recent Unison survey. Over a third report the main cause is the bedroom tax.

Half of the housing association staff surveyed had seen an increase in tenants being evicted or forced to move out due to financial pressures, Inside Housing reported.

Stuart Hughes was one of the first to receive an eviction notice after being unable to pay the extra rent the bedroom tax had left his family with. I spoke to him back in June and looked at the eviction letters that had been repeatedly sent to his home; bold, black words of ‘possession’ and ‘legal proceedings’. It’s now emerged some housing associations are sending out letters that include the threat eviction proceedings may lead to the tenant’s children being taken into care.

“If you have children in your household we may also inform Social Services,” reads one such letter.

Or the mildly more subtle: “...we must make you aware that if there are children at your property, a referral has now been made to Children’s Social Care (Social Services) as the children at your home are now at risk of becoming homeless.”

As housing solicitor Giles Peaker says on the blog ‘Nearly legal’, these are threats that are “unsustainable and unjustified in both law and practice.” “Most, if not all, people evicted solely on bedroom tax derived arrears would most certainly have an argument that they were not intentionally homeless. The Council would therefore owe a household with children the full homeless duty as being homeless, in priority need and not intentionally homeless,” he says. “Even if Children Services were to accept a s17/s.20 Children Act duty (or Children (Scotland) Act 1995 equivalent) to the children of the household, there is a very strong Article 8 human rights case for the family being kept together, so the proper response would be provision or securing of accommodation for the family…”

Empty threats concerning people’s children may be a new low. Then again, against the recent actions of this Government – be it imposing sanctions on the disabled or removing the benefits of the sick – ‘a new low’ seems to come weekly.
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5 things govt doesn't want you to know about benefits. 29 Nov 2013 23:30 #2

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A sickening read. The comments section with disabled/sick people telling their stories...thinking that they are hated by society. :(

The government are probably hoping for a rise in suicides.
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5 things govt doesn't want you to know about benefits. 29 Nov 2013 23:57 #3

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pheony wrote:
.thinking that they are hated by society. :(
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The really disgusting part is that's what they want people to think. In tandem with the social Darwinism Boris Johnson has been coming out with recently, it's frankly terrifying how the country has been blagged into this 19th century thinking that the rich are rich because they're superior and the poor are poor because they're inherent failures who just aren't trying.
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5 things govt doesn't want you to know about benefits. 30 Nov 2013 00:27 #4

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Way to get around the bedroom tax is to rent the spare room out ffs. I've got 30 Romanians living in mine.
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5 things govt doesn't want you to know about benefits. 30 Nov 2013 00:31 #5

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diamondgeezer wrote:
Way to get around the bedroom tax is to rent the spare room out ffs. I've got 30 Romanians living in mine.

That's soooo racist. You should totally have 15 Romanians and 15 Bulgarians. ;)
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5 things govt doesn't want you to know about benefits. 30 Nov 2013 03:14 #6

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If you were renting a council house, you could not legally sub let. If you were allowed to sub let it would be considered income, and taken away directly from any benefits, so as such you would be worse off.
The government wanted to pay out less, did not want to admit that, so created a lie which adversely affects people, but the government can pretend it is the individuals fault.
There is a huge shortage of smaller houses, even if you move, It can cost in London £500. So if you loose your job, do you throw away savings in case you are unemployed for a long time, or get driven into the ground, long term, but hope you get a job before it all goes pants.

There is no way round it, it was designed to drive the poor into the ground.
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5 things govt doesn't want you to know about benefits. 30 Nov 2013 13:01 #7

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It was also designed to drive the poor out of London. If you can't afford to pay the bedroom tax....the chance of finding a smaller property is virtually nil. Try in the private rented sector and you come up against the benefit cap.


Poor will be driven out of London by benefit cuts, warns Labour MP

www.standard.co.uk/news/poor-will-be-driven-out-of-london-by-benefit-cuts-warns-labour-mp-6488376.html

Tenants driven from private rented sector in anticipation of benefit cap
With just weeks to go before the benefit cap takes effect, landlords are locking out tenants supported by state benefits

www.theguardian.com/housing-network/2013/jun/10/tenants-private-rented-sector-benefit-cap
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