Mr Simpson along with his wife Marjorie and their three children are in a housing crisis. Mr Simpson lost his job 9 weeks ago at the Sellaspringfield nuclear plant and he was evicted from his rented property.
The family are devastated and traumatised with the loss of their home (and will even miss their bible-bashing neighbour) and now that they are in crisis they approach the local council landlord for rehousing.
Sorry Mr Simpson we will not be giving you a council house as you cannot afford the rent they are told. Your family is the two parent three child household and so you will only get £50 per week in HB due to the Benefit Cap and the rent is £97 per week. We cannot afford to house you as you cannot afford the rent
You will need to go to the council homeless department as they have mandatory duties under law to accommodate you. It’s just along the hall. Have a nice day!
The Simpson family will be one of around 150,000 such families of the 385,000 families who are housed by social landlord each year and who will be refused a council house or a housing association house each and every year starting right now due to the Benefit Cap on grounds of affordability.
And you thought the Benefit Cap only affects current tenants? Doh!!!!
The Benefit Cap means that families with three children will not get a social housing property ever again if they are not in employment, and in some areas the family with two children will be turned away if on ESA … and even a couple with 1 child in the misnamed ‘affordable’ (sic) rent model operated by social landlords in high rent areas.
Q) Where will Homer, Marj, Bart, Liza and Maggie live?
In whatever unsuitable homeless provision their council can find and at a huge cost to each local council that they have to pay and so the cost falls on the local taxpayer.
Q) What do you mean costly temporary homeless provision?
If they’re lucky it could be two rooms at a Travelodge that costs £49 per room per night for a weekly cost to the local council of £686 or £2,982 per month or £35,794 per year. (The council will get back just the £50 per week in HB to which they are entitled.)
Q) So the £20,000 per year Benefit Cap sees the taxpayer paying £35,794 per year just in rent?
Yes and the Simpsons will also still receive £17,412 per year in social security benefit, Child Benefit and Child Tax Credits making a total of £53,206 per year and over a thousand pounds per week when now the cost would be £17,412 plus £5,058 per year in rent or £22,469 per year.
Q) So over £30,000 per year more then?
Q) You also said unsuitable homeless provision?
Yes and for so any reasons. The (if they’re lucky Travelodge) or other homeless accommodation will:
- have no cooking facilities.
- no privacy
- nowhere for the children to do their homework
- nowhere for the laundry to do done
- maybe 10 or 20 miles away for the the existing schools
- and be miles away from family, friends and other support networks
Q) So the existing tenants who will inevitably be evicted due to the savage cuts to their housing benefit are just one part of the massive increase in homelessness the Benefit Cap will directly create?
Yes, and in fact a smaller part than all those who will now be refused social housing due to the policy. The existing social tenant household may number 65,000 or so yet this will affect 150,000 prospective social tenant households each year
Q) So this becomes social housing’s version of the “No DSS” issue we all now happens with private sector landlords?
Yes. It also means the social housing model created in the 1948 Welfare State that means the country provides settled accommodation for those who are vulnerable is no more, brown bread, a parrot pining for the fjords..
Q) So why haven’t opposition political parties and social landlords and local councils and the likes of Shelter and Save the Children made a huge outcry over this?
You tell me! After all the 150,000 families will have over half a million children in them and who will no longer be able to get a council or housing association property and instead will be housed in unsuitable and costly homeless provision.
[Aside: This means 500,000 new child care places have to spring up out of the ether to allow those capped households who can work to be able to and if so the ‘welfare’ bill increases by over £800 million per year to pay for this child care!!]
Perhaps Duff beer was named in their honour to reflect their competence at challenging what is a back of fag packet ideological superficial nonsense of a policy?
So when you react with horror, as indeed you should, to Shelters latest campaign which says there are 120,000 children homeless this Christmas, have a think on what that number will be at Christmas 2017 … 300,000 or 500,000 or even more … and then ask again where is the outrage over this?!