Monday, 14 March 2016

Homelessness to skyrocket following benefit cap

The St Mungo’s charity warns the local housing allowance (LHA) cap will lead to widespread bed closures, triggering a massive increase in rough sleeping. It will tell an MPs’ inquiry today that proposed limits to housing benefit payments, coupled with a planned 1% reduction in social housing rents, will make most of its shelters and supported housing financially unviable, as the charity would be left with an estimated £12m annual shortfall by 2019. In a separate submission to the inquiry, Homeless Link, which represents more than 500 homelessness charities, warned that more than half of the 36,500 bed spaces for homeless people in England would be forced to close.
courtesy The Guardian, 

Thousands attend Housing Bill protest

Thousands of people have marched through central London to oppose the Government’s Housing Bill. Demonstrators claim the Bill, which requires councils to change how they charge tenants with a combined income of more than £30,000 outside of London and £40,000 in the capital, is an attack on council house tenants. A spokesman for the DCLG said: "The Housing Bill makes sure we make the best use of social housing based on need and income, while reinvesting in building new homes.”
Courtesy local paper