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Northerners could be particularly hit by Welfare Bill

In an article written for the Guardian, Derek Long, the National Housing Federation’s regional head, has claimed that proposals to cut housing benefit to working-age tenants who “under-occupy” social housing could end up, “mugging….a quarter of a million northerners’.

Long describes how the policy proposal to cut housing benefit by 13% for one spare bedroom and 23% for two or more, “will hit disabled people, foster carers and care sharers. The social sector is already four times more efficient than the market at matching people to homes. The policy redistributes resources from the periphery to the centre, penalises tenants across Britain for ancient public-housing investment decisions and may even produce less efficient housing markets”.

Mr Long said that the proposals highlighted that, “the Coalition’s housing policies are mainly designed for the politics and prosperity of the fast-growing South”.

Mr Long also added that the proposed penalty for under occupancy could ‘incentivise overcrowding, whilst larger homes increasingly stand vacant, because new families cannot afford to leave home.’

For Long’s full article, click here

 

Website: Guardian

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Amanda Frewin

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In a letter seen by the Guardian, the Children’s Minister, Tim Loughton, points out to Lord Freud at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that the “planned changes in the welfare reform bill appear to undermine our efforts to ensure young carers are recognised and supported”.

The Welfare Reform Bill proposes to replace the severe and enhanced disability premiums that currently go to disabled parents, with its flagship universal credit scheme in 2013. Children of lone parents could have their benefit payments cut by as much as £3,500 a year and more than 42,000 children are likely to be affected by the changes.

Many argue that cutting welfare payments to disabled lone parents means their children will be forced to spend more time caring and less time growing up.

To read the full article and the view of the Children’s Society click here

 

Website: Guardian

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/oct/03/childrens-minister-warning-welfare-reforms?newsfeed=true

 

Amanda Frewin

Research & Project Support

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