Study shows Tory policies are keeping homeless people from social housing

You see the way the Conservatives manipulate housing associations and local authorities to victimise the people they want to target?

By cutting the amount of social housing available – via the sale of council housing and strictures on the number of new houses that can be built – the Tories can ensure that nobody who is considered a financial risk can get a place.

Replacing perfectly workable benefits with Universal Credit – which is now known to further impoverish those in need – allowed the Tories to spread their net further.

People without families have been ruled out because of the Bedroom Tax – social landlords don’t want to rent out two-or-three-bedroom homes to single occupants who would lose money merely by living there.

But large families may also be a risk, due to the benefit cap.

And the Tories starve other services of funds – such as the NHS and local authority housing support – in order to prevent people with mental illnesses or other problems from qualifying.

Why?

One reason might be to “gentrify” certain areas – pushing up housing prices. Could it be that some Conservative Party members – or even MPs – are landlords in such housing zones?

Another may be more sinister: it is easy to let homeless people drop off government statistics. Then who cares if a tramp dies on the streets?

Or, indeed, if many do so.

Homeless people are being denied access to affordable housing because social landlords are routinely excluding prospective tenants who are deemed too poor or vulnerable to pay the rent, a study has revealed.

Research by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) found that “screening out” of homeless applicants nominated for newly available lets was widespread, as housing associations and local authorities increasingly ration their shrinking stocks of social homes.

In many cases nominees were refused a home because of the likelihood they would accrue major rent arrears after moving on to universal credit, because of the probability they would be hit by the bedroom tax or because the benefit cap had made them a financial risk.

Others were rejected after social landlords identified they had unmet mental health or addiction problems, often because of cuts to local NHS and housing support services. Individuals with unmet support needs were regarded as “too high a risk to tenancy sustainment”, the CIH said.

Toryism – what a disgusting, gangrenous, poisonous form of government.

Source: Homeless denied social housing for being too poor, study says | Society | The Guardian

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5 thoughts on “Study shows Tory policies are keeping homeless people from social housing

  1. loonytoonz

    Or maybe they do it just because they can!
    For sh*ts and giggles.
    After all the poor things had their favourite blood sport banned….. This is even more fun as a blood sport

  2. Danny marchell

    Actually it’s single white males that have been punished by housing policy for 35+ years. Labours immigration policy doesn’t help either. Labour had 13 years to build more social housing but didn’t. Look on the streets its mainly white English males out there many ex forces that have served their country. Your glorious leader Mr for the many not the Jew Corbyn prefers terrorists to our military.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Please try to bear in mind – everybody – that Labour under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown was a right-wing, neoliberal political movement that was little different from the Conservative Party. That’s why Baroness (Margaret) Thatcher said she considered ‘New Labour’ to be her greatest achievement.

      Considering your silly pronouncements about Jeremy Corbyn, you seem confused about your political position. Ah, but then your email address shows you support UKIP.

  3. trev

    I truly believe that Tory welfare reforms and Austerity policies were/are intended to be a cull of the poor. It has to be what Tory policies are all about, increasing poverty to further impoverish the poor and vulnerable, the sick, the disabled, the unemployed and the homeless , whilst further enriching the already wealthy (themselves and their Class), and reducing the excess population in the process. It’s nothing less than Class War.

  4. Mark allinson

    I was left homeless myself I had my own place a few years ago but I gave it up and moved in with then my girlfriend untill a few months ago when she finished the relationship not only did she leave me homeless she refused to give me anything what belongs to me including my clothes 3/4 quarters of the house we shared is mine it’s what I took with me from my house for example the TV’s , L shaped sofa ,kingsizebed, wardrobe, my tools, my clothes,, washing machine.fridge freezer.. the list goes on the only way I was not made homeless was I had no choice but to move back in with my mother and I was 46 years old and now 47 years old. the police won’t do anything about it for me to get my stuff and to prove that it’s my stuff I would need receipts of everything to prove I bought it and I would need a solicitor my health is in a bad way I struggle walking and I was advised I need a 2 bedroom bungalow as my son will come and live with me as I struggle to get up stairs but the lack of social housing because non has been built means I could be waiting years the conservatives have not once even built a house not even one brick has been laid and it never will the only way social housing will get built is a general election and for labour to win and be in government my health is in such a bad way ive been fighting the DWP for over 4 years after they said I was fit for work after the lying assessment worker gave me zero points and also used someone else’s medical history against me.

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