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The recent phenomena of London council’s exporting homeless people to live far away sends the worrying message that the poorest are someone else’s problem, writes Carl Brown
The sector waits with baited breath after HCA forced into creating first ‘watch list’, says Carl Brown
Delays to HCA and CLG financial protocol for dealing with housing organisations in deep financial trouble is understandable but unhelpful.
With nearly 1 in 5 housing benefit claimants in work, Carl Brown wants to see an end to the ‘striver vs skiver’ debate and more honesty about the true nature of the problem
TAROE is the closest thing tenants have to an independent national body and the industry should cough up to help it with funding, says Carl Brown
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Comment on: Could do better
Colin - the 200,000 figure relates to England only. I checked this with Dromey. (although - ive just checked miliband's speech again - and you are correct, he does say Britain)
Comment on: Blair necessities
I think Blair is spot on here. Labour needs to be seen to be coming up with its own solutions and policy ideas.
The difficulty is that, until the two Eds have decided on spending, it is very difficult to develop policies around welfare (and funding for new homes). I suspect Labour wants to wait and see what the economic climate is likely to be like in 2015 before making any funding commitments. But the longer they leave it the more they risk being seen as a party of protest.
Comment on: On course
Thanks for the advice - much appreciated!
Comment on: 67,000 pensioners to be hit by bedroom tax
Joe - the figures in the Making It Fit publication are about something different. They refer to a 90,000 increase in the number of people affected by the bedroom tax due to future increases in the state pension age. This research looks at the number of mixed age couples affected when they transfer to universal credit - as the rules regarding what counts as 'working-age' change then. The mixed age couples will be affected by the bedroom tax as and when they transfer, between October 2013 and 2017.
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