The purpose of the DWP reductions in HB is to cut the benefits bill; justice,fairness, equity has nothing to do with it. But it is not even likely to achieve a saving unless people stay put and meet the shortfall in their rent payments from their food or other budgets. There is a mismatch between the size of households and the size of rented accommodation available so people have nowhere to move into - even if they wanted to.
Housing policy is now being dictated by the benefits guardians at DWP; why do we still have a CLG department nominally responsible for housing policies?
It is a misconceived attempt to dampen the housing frenzy going on in buoyant parts of the south-east; with house prices already having risen by 10-15% IN LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS the government is desperate to slow them down but without taking any direct action to intervene in the market. They fear the bubble will burst before the next General Election so are frantically trying to subdue the over-heated market in south-east which has been driven by overseas money pouring into London real esate and financial services sector paying out huge bonuses.
Comment on: EU urges government to increase housing supply
The solution to the housing crisis is crystal clear; build more homes of all types. The division between social, affordable, private rented is artificial; they all provide homes for people. it was under the Tories when Macmillan was Housing Minister when we had 600,000 homes a year built; half were private and half COUNCIL; much was poor quality but that is the trade/off. what is needed is a capital investment programme to subsidise the building and rent levels of new homes; that would save billions in UC/HB every year.
One incidental and completely unintended result of the so-called welfare reforms is that it is focussing public attention on the desperate plight of poor households: the BBC in particular has picked up on this issue - much to the annoyance of the Coalition Govt. Welfare reform is by definition designed to take money away from those previously in receipt of benefits; to introduce such policies in the deepest recession since the 1930s is hardly the time to restore incentives to find a job when the availability of jobs is at its lowest for over 50 years. So the policy is doomed not just by poor implementation but by abysmal reading of the economic conditions.
Comment on: CLG to move in with Home Office
This is CLG returning to its former 2 Marsham Street location where it generated all those fabulous policies on poll tax, HATs and Right to Manage. No wonder the adddress got misspelt to Martian Street.
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