Osborne’s changes announced today will close all women’s DV refuges, will evict massive number of disabled people, will affect single people hit by bedroom tax even if not under occupying and will create the DISABLED ROUGH SLEEPER and the WOMAN FLEEING VIOLENCE AND ABUSE ROUGH SLEEPER who will have nowhere to live to escape sleeping rough as the hostels and permanent rehousing options will not be available to move them off the streets!
Read on and have the smelling salts to hand as you simply will not believe just how much of an incompetent fuckwit George Osborne is!
IF you are hit by the bedroom tax AND you are under 35 AND you have no dependant children living with you then you have just been evicted.
Note well that you have to be under 35 and single with no dependant children yet the impact of this is massive as I explain below.
The above is from the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) today and this is the sneakiest of sneaky changes and will create a new group previously unheard of in the DISABLED ROUGH SLEEPER.
Imagine you are unable to work through whatever medical, physical, learning or sensory disability you have and you live in a social housing 2 bed house in low rent Liverpool. Your rent will be around £86 per week and you will be getting the 14% bedroom tax taken off you and so receiving £73.96 per week in housing benefit.
HOWEVER this change above means your maximum eligible rent for HB purposes will only be £57.77 per week which is the Shared Accommodation Rate or SAR for Liverpool.
You will receive £49.68 in housing benefit only and a reduction of £24.28 per week in your maximum HB as the maximum eligible rent before bedroom tax deductions is the SAR of £57.77 and no longer the £86.00 per week actual rent.
You will need to find £36.32 per week or £1,893.83 per year to top up your rent or £157.82 per calendar month!
Even if you move to the mythical 1 bed property with a rent of say £78.00 per week and avoid the pernicious bedroom tax, if you are single and under 35 you will only get £57.77 per week as the maximum Housing Benefit and still have to find £20.23 per week or £1054.85 per year or £87.90 per calendar month to pay your rent.
Note too the Shared Accommodation Rate does NOT hold a blank exemption for receipt of DLA or PIP or ESA and in the support group so if you are disabled under 35 and have no child dependants then your housing benefit will be cut.
Here is what Shelter correctly say about SAR exemptions
So if you receive DLA at low rate or you receive ESA and in the support group or WRAG group or you do not receive the daily living component of PIP then the SAR does apply to you. This change is going to affect a huge amount of bedroom tax households as we know from DWP’s own figures that 63% of bedroom tax households contain a disability.
You can see why Osborne has today created the DISABLED ROUGH SLEEPER and just how pernicious this policy change is.
My figures above reveal that this will see disabled single persons evicted in the lowest rent areas which of course means it will happen in all areas of the UK.
Lets not forget that in some low rent areas of the UK social rent is actually higher than private rent levels as the CIH stated this week in their pay MORE to stay (PMS) submission below and also not forgetting that the PMS policy which DOES affect the pensioner in England too!
Yet this policy which sets the maximum social housing rent for single people under 35 will also see DV refuges close!
I advised 17 refuges and developed their funding streams from 2001 to 2003 during the Transitional Housing Benefit System which became Supporting People. The rents paid by housing benefit necessarily include the costs of staffing, fixtures and fittings and so much more – nobody flees domestic violence and abuse with a kitchen sink, beds, bedding etc strapped to their backs in very crude terms – and housing benefit pays for this.
YET evidence I have gathered from those admitted to refuges reveal that about 30% – 35% of women are single with no child dependants and so this SAR change means instead of the refuge receiving say £230 per week per person, if the women is under 35 and single they will receive about £80 per week as a national average – a reduction of £150 per week in the refuge income or £7,800 per year
So crunching some numbers – if a refuge has 12 rooms and each person stays 3 months they have 48 women accommodated in a year. If 35% of these are single then the refuge lose 17 lots of £7,800 and its yearly income reduces by £33,150 and means that DV refuge closes as this is a 23.1% reduction in income. It cannot mean anything else!
So now we see Osborne’s SAR changes creating another new client group in the FLEEING DOMESTIC ABUSE ROUGH SLEEPER!
In reality this means refuges will not be able to accommodate childless single women under 35 regardless of the fact they would never want to do this meaning in essence that “Sorry, you will have to stay where you are and have the shit kicked out of you!!” Or ” By all means come back when you’re 35 providing you live that long!”
The same principle of HB costs applies to all supported housing / supported living schemes so means that those with a learning disability or mental health condition whose rents include costs for staffing, white goods, furniture, etc, etc, etc and it can even include salt grit bins and lightning conductors as well as tea towels, cups and saucers etc etc…..will also close. It will also include all single homeless hostels who could not possibly guarantee you can stay there for 3 months as how could HB departments possibly accept such a statement from hostel providers.
So the major route out of rough sleeping – homeless hostels – and probably the better route of the housing first option – are now not available because of this SAR change by the most incompetent fuckwit we have ever had as a chancellor.
George Osborne the man who killed supported housing
George Osborne the man who killed off DV refuge provision and whose policy here will DIRECTLY see more women dying of domestic violence and abuse
George Osborne the man whose policy here DIRECTLY evict disabled people from their homes
George Osborne the man whose policy here DIRECTLY increases rough sleeping ten fold or will it be a hundred fold?
George Osborne the…cupid stunt!