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One Vision Housing (OVH) has sent out documents to it’s tenants who will be hit by the Bedroom Tax asking that they return them signed, and with a counter signature by a witness. The disclaimer form explains the new rules, which come into force on 1 April, and asks tenants to confirm this has been properly explained.
It warns that OVH may take legal action if tenants fail to pay the rent including the Bedroom Tax, which is laughingly refferred to as the “under-occupation penalty”
This follows housing associations across the country having their Credit rating reduced by Moodys Rating agency amid fears of cash flow problems after the implementation of Ian Duncan Smith’s shambolic Universal Credit system which will include Housing Benefit.
3651 families are affected by the BEDROOM TAX in Sefton mostly in the South of the Borough.
The use of B&Bs to house poor families for over six weeks has risen by 800% since the last general election, as shown by FOI requests to 352 Councils with 242 responses. 125 Responding councils reported placing poor families in hotels for six weeks or more, 54% of these councils are Conservative.
Local authorities point to welfare cuts and a lack of affordable housing, making B&Bs the only option is some cases. Councils are currently spending an average of £650 a week to keep people off the streets.
Jack Dromey, Labour’s shadow housing minister, called it “an absolute disgrace” and said: “The Government’s housing and economic policies are failing and families with children are paying the price. Affordable house building has collapsed, rents are soaring and their ill-thought-through benefit changes are driving up homelessness.
“But the Government’s policies are not just causing desperate hardship for those affected, they’re costing taxpayers millions of pounds every week.”
The BBC recently led the triumphalism in the announcement of a large rise in the Private sector employment figures. They omitted to reveal that hundreds of thousands of those were teachers and others reclassified from the public sector into the private sector.
Now as shown in Lord Justice Pill’s judgement of workfare in the case of DWP vs Reilly/Wilson., hundreds of thousands more were those forced onto illegal workfare schemes.