Even if all of the unemployed were in rented housing and claiming housing benefit (which they are not as home owners are equally able to lose their jobs as tenants) less than 50% of housing benefit claimants could statistically be unemployed. With 17% in work that means 1/3 of all housing benefit claimants are either elderly, vulnerable, or both.
The cuts in housing benefit and vindictive initiatives such as the bedroom tax will be causing massive concern amongst the most vulnerable in our communities. The government repeats that such people are excluded from their social purge, but when have their promises been kept – for instance that their new policies would not affect existing tenants or harm families?
The elderly can remember what life under private landlords was like – a cold damp room in a rotting tenement without any rights nor security – and so remember what social housing was invented to overcome. True, many modern private landlords provide sound decent homes that reflect the price charged (see PSLs I am not demonising you) – but these are not the homes benefit claimants will be permitted to afford. Remember Shapps saying ‘these people should not be allowed to afford to live in the same communities as decent folk’ or words to that effect.
The hard working people are carrying the brunt of the cuts and austerity measures that are profiting the real something for nothing crowd at the top of the pile. Cameron, with his fingers in every dodgy deal, from corrupt press chiefs through to money laundering bankers, he employs them all as his closest advisors or keeps them as his closest friends, aids and funders. He then has the cheek to insult the honest upstanding people of Britain simply for the crime of being poor. If a foreign national head was so embroiled in illegality, immorality, and attacks on his own people, Cameron would be leading the charge for the despot to be disposed of. Where is our international champion who will save us from this demonising bully?