I am a resident of an HA, I have been an involved resident with my Org for approx 9 years now and involved in making improvements to the Service they give Residents and also to help my Landlord to be the best. I am really interested in all Housing subjects and making a difference for Tenants/Residents and my Organisation. I am unable to work due to ill health so this is my way of trying to give something back.
Comment on: Government underestimates welfare reform impact
What really annoys me about this bedroom tax is that so many of us have no other choice than to pay it. A while back I rang my Council to find out how I as a disabled person could downsize from a 2 bed to a one bed. I was told that priority is given to those giving up a 3 bed or above home. Also my house has been fully adapted for my needs under DFG wet room, stair lift, Clos-o-mat shower toilet, handrails going up both sides of my steps on front door and back door, lever taps Plus any future adaptations I may need. I was told by the Council that if I move there is no way I will get another property adapted under DFG I would have to fun them myself? There advice was to get a lodger to take over spare room! I don't want a stranger living in my home for one thing, being disabled already makes me vulnerable, having a stranger in the house will make this worse. I contacted Income Support & was told firtsly I would have to prove that there was no relationship going on between me and a lodger, and any money that I charge them towards living in my home to cover extra on bills etc would be deducted from my IS. So Dictator Cameron what choices have you given people like me. Yet my mum can live alone in a 3 bed council house and not have to pay a penny for her 2 spare rooms cos she is OAP! How can this be right? Many older people are taking up social housing homes that are way too big for them and they are under no pressure to move home because of the home for life! Ok some OAPS are very poor but so are thousands of disabled and families who are making the choices already between heating, paying bills and food. I have no idea how on earth I am going to pay this tax when I am struggling financially as it is, I am so depressed and worried about the future!
Comment on: Tenants asked to sign bedroom tax disclaimer
I am disabled and in a 2 bed house and I will be hit with this bedroom tax. My home has been fully adapted for my needs, stairlift, Clos-o.mat shower toilet, wet room, hand rails on front and back doors etc. I have been told I have no chance of moving to a one bedroom property and zero chance of getting it adapted again for my needs on DFG who funded the original adaptations. Although I am very happy in my home and don't really want to move but the fact that I have no other choice than to pay this tax is not fair. The room is used when I need a carer to stay over which is a family member but they are not full time here as I wish to retain as much of my independence and pride until I have no choice other than to have a full time carer at home. I have been told to take in a lodger to make up the shortfall but that will affect my income support and I also do not want a stranger living in my home when I am already pretty vulnerable as it is. Also having an extra person in the house mans higher bills more mess and who is going to clean it up if they don't? I have real problems sleeping because of the pain I am in so when I do sleep it's a Godsend but a lodger could wake me from the very small amount of sleep I manage to have. It all seems so unfair. My mum is living on her own in a 3 bed family home because she is a pensioner she is exempt, there are thousands of others in this position why are they not moved to smaller homes or hit with the bedroom tax with having 2 surplus bedrooms. I know there are some pensioners living on the breadline but there are also many that are not short of a few bob having grown up in a culture that always saved for the future and 'rainy days' who can afford to pay it. I am so worried about what the future holds for me and other disabled people were being penalised from every angle!
McMadman | 25/06/2012 9:55 am
So. If we make everyone with a spare bedroom downsize, where are the under 25's going to live ?
Exactly! The PM talks in riddles! Move area to find a job and any job will do regardless if you can earn enough to pay your way. Live rough cos we won't help you to get on your feet even tho you have left your family and friends behind and moved to a strange area so you can work and not claim dole we won't give you any HB so you can live under a real roof and not a cardboard one! Be homeless, but still turn up for work everyday!!!
I think this move would be outrageous we would have far more youngsters living on the streets, no one will employ them without a permanent address and I don't think a street corner counts. This again is just what I expect from a Conservative Government who care nothing for the poor and line the pockets of the rich as they have always done!
Comment on: South west associations plan home swap
They are "Consulting" Chris but nothing prior to the announcement on the 7th June. The beginning of this process started as far as we have guessed is at least 2 years, some of us who are heavily involved suspected something major was been going on in the background for at least 2 yrs and possibly more, there has been no mention at all until the presentation when we were told what had been decided for the future of the Org.
There are "Consultations"planned along the route to ease the path for ingoing and outgoing Residents but to my knowledge no Residents have been given the choice to stay with original Org or have had any choice whatsoever of who there new landlord will be. I presonally think the Consultation Process should have been much earlier when it was still in the "Thinking about the Future" stage. As a Business Plan it obviously makes good economice to Centralise there business and I do support that I just don't support the process that has so far been taken so far but then again I am just a resident lol
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