This is more sickness from the Party that Persecutes the Vulnerable.
George Osborne’s sick changes to housing benefit mean the most vulnerable people living in refuge accommodation – women and children fleeing domestic violence, the disabled and the homeless – will be asked to stump up thousands of pounds more for their rent or their accommodation will close.
This is what Osborne wants. The DWP’s protestations of offering £870 million to cover people “who need time to adapt” are pathetic because this money won’t be anything like enough.
These vulnerable people are going to end up on the street.
That’s what your votes have done.
That’s ‘Compassionate Conservatism’ for you – a sick joke.
Don’t make the same mistake in May.
Plans by the UK Government to change housing benefit will have a “catastrophic impact” on vulnerable people living in supported accommodation, including victims of domestic violence, disabled people and the homeless, Scotland’s social justice secretary has warned.
Alex Neil has written to Lord Freud, UK Minister of State for Welfare Reform, seeking urgent clarification over proposals which would ‘cap’ the amount of housing benefit tenants of social landlords can receive.
Concerns have been raised it will not be enough to cover higher rents in supported accommodation and refuge services – which have more intensive management costs – and providers will be left struggling to keep their doors open.
It means Local Housing Allowance (LHA) – which works out housing benefit entitlement and was previously only applicable to people renting from a private landlord – will now also apply to tenants of social landlords from April 2018.
However last week a survey carried out by Scottish Women’s Aid found that a cap linked to the LHA rate would result in an annual loss of at least £5,800 for a two-bedroom refuge flat in a rural area and £11,600 per year for a three bedroom refuge in a semi-urban area.
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