Clegg does not back housing benefit age limit
- 15 Oct
Despite Nick Clegg vowing to oppose a ‘blanket ban' on housing benefit for under 25 year-olds, he has said that further cuts are needed to the welfare budget.
George Osborne has said that a further £10bn needs to be removed from the welfare budget and put forward the prospect of removing housing benefits from those aged under 25, with the concept that they are still able to return to their parent's homes.
Following Simon Hughes' statement on Newsnight that he would not agree to Osborne's proposal, and that Nick Clegg would feel the same, Clegg has now said in a live radio debate that he would not agree to a blanket ban based on age:
A complete blanket ban on providing housing benefit to anyone who so happens to have been born 25 years ago or less? Of course not.
Because there are people who have got kids, who have suffered abuse, who have suffered terrible trauma in their families.
Of course as a compassionate society you have got to support them.
However, he did however suggest there are some people under 25 who ‘don't need all the support they get' and also that it is unrealistic to assume the government could not make more cuts from the welfare budget.
Hughes had argued against the proposal on the grounds that it would penalise the 17% of housing benefit claimants who are in employment (93% of new claims in 2010-11 were made by in-work households) and the seven per cent who are sick or disabled and trying to make ends meet, and he did not think this was right.
This is not the same idea as Clegg, who is only opposing removing it from those with children or those who have suffered abuse.
Clegg did however say he would not be in favour of £10 billion of welfare cuts, and said that those at the top should be asked to contribute more first:
When we are all having to make sacrifices, you ask people at the top and then you work down, you don't ask people at the bottom and work up.
I don't agree with this idea you pluck a £10 billion figure out of the sky and then say that's what we are going to do without asking how can we do that more fairly.
- 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...
How to Fund Housing Support and Social Care Sevices Extremely informative, excellent speaker. Alison Halstead - Riverside ECHG