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Housing benefit now in the firing line

There are widespread reports in the media that George Osborne is now considering cuts to housing benefit as an alternative to big cuts in tax credits.

It is claimed that Osborne had been considering a raid on universal credit as a way of cutting the benefits bill after the House of Lords wrecked his plans to tax the working poor by slashing tax credits. However, Iain Duncan Smith threatened to resign if universal credit was hit and, bizarrely many may feel, instead of biting his hand off, Osborne has backed off and looked elsewhere for savings.

It now seems that he may hit housing benefit claimants instead, the majority of whom are also in work.

Claimants will have to wait until 25 November to find out precisely where the axe will fall.

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#14 Bill24chev 2015-12-01 11:39
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So can anyone tell me if there was any change to any of the currant housing benefit system after the auturm review


As iI understand it only single persons under 35 are affected and will receive only the local shared room rate but not sure if a deduction will be made for bedroom tax as well
#13 angela 2015-11-28 14:56
So can anyone tell me if there was any change to any of the currant housing benefit system after the auturm review
#12 Bill24chev 2015-11-24 22:22
In my street, on a former council but now a housing association estate there are three two bedroom houses with only one person living them. In the same street there are tenants in three bedroom houses paying the bedroom tax, one tenant for two rooms (3 Bedroom house) only a married coup[e now living in it.

the single tenants in 2 bed houses dont pay Bedroom tax because they pensioners so have no financial incentive to down size to a one bed flat.

Also LA and Housing asoc have no incentive to ask them to move because La pay less Hb out and HA get their rent or evict for arrears and put new tenants on less favourable contracts in their place.
having said that I actually agree with Bedroom tax providing suitable alternative smaller accommodation is offered and refused Alsod OAP's either pay the tax or down size where possible.
#11 angela 2015-11-24 15:44
I have been trying since 2013 to move but no suitable homes for me to move into £54 a month bedroom tax i have to pay though no fault of my own this seems so unfair to me so anymore cuts on top will leave me in all kinds of trouble there seems no end to what this goverment will do next
#10 Shitmagnet55 2015-11-24 13:57
I have to find 50 pounds a month for a room I don't use, can't move as no one had any empty suitable homes for me!!! Am sooo worried!
#9 rog747 2015-11-24 10:42
any hint what part of HB and/or how HB is being reduced?
#8 patrick mccann 2015-11-24 10:40
why has no one taken cameron or duncan mess it up smith to the court of human rights.as im sure they would beat that two.
#7 sally bell 2015-11-24 10:34
I know it's not easy but in respect of the lady saying she has to find extra money because HB is paid 4 weekly, you get 13, instead of 12 payments, so you do get the money.

We just asked our landlord if we could pay 4 weekly by standing order, and they were delighted, that way you don't have to worry!
#6 stevie mac 2015-11-23 19:50
its ok they can find billions for the war machine to keep turning you know whos going to pay for this in long run us that are on benifits by 2020 they will cut the benifits system to the bone like the bridge over the river kwi work or die the tories arent taking any prisoners
#5 carruthers 2015-11-23 11:44
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it's simply not possible to run a workhouse and make a profit, so they won't.
Oh, I don't know. Call them "labour hostels" and charge a weekly rent.

Let G4S run them at a profit (as with prisons) and put "employment advisors" into every one.

Then you can build hostels on brown-field sites 70 miles from London, re-locate the (newly) employed from (say) Sunderland and bus them in to do cleaning jobs in London.

The "internal migrants" can then send home a pittance to help feed their families in the North-East, who will no longer need welfare payments.

Money for private enterprise, less to spend on welfare, more cheap labour for London and all those health-giving jobs for the shirkers.

What's not to like?
+1 #4 Wonko 2015-11-19 01:57
Quoting Donna Pasquill:
Why don't they just bring back the work houses? The cuts to people needing help are inhumane no wonder Cameron wants to leave the EU, if they look properly at what this government is doing to its own citizens then sanctions could be imposed on the government, they clearly have no intention of protecting the vulnerable in society, they spout out protecting the vulnerable which is not starting to look like kill off the vulnerable, this is no more or less than social cleansing dressed up as austerity,.

Workhouses cost money, even if in dilapidated buildings the notional loss from not developing those buildings is considerable, add gruel to that and it's just too much. In Victorian times the occupants of workhouses used to make things or do work, which made a profit, these days China performs this service - it's simply not possible to run a workhouse and make a profit, so they won't. Concentration camps have the same problem fortunately which is probably the only reason we're not in one.
+4 #3 Donna Pasquill 2015-11-18 17:05
Why don't they just bring back the work houses? The cuts to people needing help are inhumane no wonder Cameron wants to leave the EU, if they look properly at what this government is doing to its own citizens then sanctions could be imposed on the government, they clearly have no intention of protecting the vulnerable in society, they spout out protecting the vulnerable which is not starting to look like kill off the vulnerable, this is no more or less than social cleansing dressed up as austerity,.
+4 #2 shimtoan 2015-11-18 10:33
HB was cut a few years back.

My partner and I, despite being out of work and under the 30th %ile have to find ~£30 (~8.3%) per month to cover our rent because our rent is monthly whereas HB is paid 4-weekly. It adds up over the year but £30 isn't an insignificant amount.

If there are further cuts then I could imagine them saying that a maximum of 75% of rent will be covered by HB, tapering off after a certain price threshold
+6 #1 GoingOffMyHeadWithThisGoverment 2015-11-18 01:32
More crap, here we go again.
It never ceases to amaze me how much more there gonna punish us.

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