Welfare reforms pushing poorest families out of the capital
- 29 Apr
New analysis from the Chartered Institute of Housing reveals that the poorest families are being driven out of the private rented sector in parts of London.
The number of people claiming housing benefits in the private rented sector has fallen by almost a quarter since March 2011 in Kensington and Chelsea and almost a third in Westminster.
Changes to local housing allowances came into force for new claimants in April 2011 and have applied to existing claimants since 2013. The reforms set LHA rates at a lower level with reduced rates for single people aged 25-34 and an imposed maximum cap on LHA rates ranging from £250 for a one-bed home to £400 for a four-bed home per week, reports 24dash.
CIH chief executive Grainia Long said: "The combined impact of high rents and local housing allowance reform means that poorer families are effectively being priced out of the private rented sector in some areas of London. My biggest concern is where they are ending up - social housing is at a premium across the capital. To find a more affordable home people may be forced to move long distances away from where they work - which could make it difficult to hold down their job in the long term - and from their support network of family and friends. It cannot be right that some areas of the capital are becoming the exclusive preserve of the wealthy elite or that people on lower incomes are simply unable to afford to live in the places where they work. Increasing the number of new homes we build is vital if we are to have any hope of sustaining mixed communities."
The latest figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show that the number of people claiming housing benefit in the PRS has dropped by 31.3% in Westminster, from 8,580 in March 2011 to 5,893 last November In Kensington and Chelsea, the number has dropped by 27.6%, from 4,180 to 3,027.
What do you think of this? Tweet us your comments @suppsolutions
Image source: http://www.freeimages.com/photo/1436141
- 08 Nov
NHS BOSS SETS OUT A CASE FOR CASH BOOST
The speech by Mr Stevens at the NHS Providers' annual conference of health managers is being made at the time when three reputable health think-thanks- the Health Foundation, the King's Fund and the...
- 09 Jun
THERESA MAY PLEDGES TO REPLACE THE MENTAL HEALTH ACT 1983
According to Ms May, the new bill would introduce the following:According to the Tories, the proposals were described as the biggest change to mental health treatment law in over 30 years.Ms May...
- 30 May
THE PRESENT FIRST PRIME MINISTER OF SCOTLAND IS TO PLEDGE AGAINST ANY PLANS TO PRIVATISE THE NHS
It is also expected that Sturgeon will do the following as proof of her party's commitment to fighting against further austerity:Sturgeon said this before Tuesday's manifesto launch:"While the polls...
- 17 Mar
402 MILLION POUNDS WILL BE INVESTED IN COUNCILS WITH THE GREATEST HOMELESSNESS DEMAND FROM APRIL 2017
Presently, funding is only used for homeless households and not for the prevention of homelessness in the first instance.The funding by the Department for Communities and Local Government is set to...
- 15 Mar
RULES AROUND PERSONAL INDEPENDENCE PAYMENTS MAY CHANGE ON THURSDAY
Ministers have advised chief executives of over 30 charities which claimed that people will be left without vital financial support, to restrict access to a disability benefit.The Disability Benefits...
- 06 Mar
THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN URGED BY THE BMA TO INCREASE HEALTH SPENDING BY 10 BILLION POUNDS
This increase in health spending to a proportion of GDP that matched that of the 10 leading economies across Europe could pay for at least 35,000 extra beds a day and many more GP's, according to the...
- 05 Sep
MANY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE REFUGES AT RISK OF CLOSING DUE TO HOUSING BENEFIT CAP
Women who have been victims of domestic violence as well as their children are at risk of falling into the hands of their violent partners if the government caps housing benefit in the social sector...
- 03 Sep
Data on disability benefits refused by DWP
DWP officials have refused a second request for basic information on disability benefits using the “Section 22” exemption they used previously, reports The Independent.The Department had been...
- 02 Sep
UN to investigate how welfare reforms will affect disability rights
A disability charity in Scotland has said it’s been contacted by the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as part of an inquiry into Britain’s treatment of people with...
- 01 Sep
Benefit cuts affecting 48,500 families in Liverpool
Analysis from Liverpool City Council has found that around 48,500 households are likely to lose their benefits due to new government reforms, reports the Liverpool Echo. Councillor Jane Corbett has...
Exempt Accommodation, Welfare Reform and Vulnerable Tenants Another excellent session from Support Solutions - excellent value for money and excellent training D.A - St Vincent's Housing Association