I have said the reducing overall benefit cap is abuse and not just abusive because it makes children pay for the ‘sins’ of the parent. It is much much worse than that and the reality is truly horrifying.
The majority of benefit-capped households are headed by lone parents who are SHIT SCARED to seek help over it as they believe that social services will take the kids off them!
The likelihood that social services will not take the kids is very high yet it still doesn’t stop the stressed to death lone parent from believing they will take the kids. Their perception is I can’t even provide a roof over my children’s heads therefore I am not a fit parent so the kids will be taken off me!
This is one of the early and consistent findings of the Benefit Cap reducing by a massive cut of £500 per month in the regions – the £20,000 per year new cap – and the scale of that cut which makes eviction inevitable and quickly too with its average £330 per month cut in Housing Benefit.
Aside from my time immemorial rants over the Benefit Cap policy and what it means I am in regular contact with the plethora of media sources in newsprint, radio and TV on a local and national scale as well as in regular contact with a large number of mostly grassroots activists and advice agencies and with a number of benefit-capped tenants or soon to be capped tenants directly.
This perception is very real and so common to become prevalent and it comes from all of the above named sources not just some of them!
I just do not have the words to say how I feel about this as angry, outraged and all the usual words are nowhere near enough to describe.
I have written many rants over those who could have challenged this policy or even raised awareness of it yet havent done so. To say much more will only see my calling all of them, correctly, spineless incompetent gobshites at every turn.
That’s every political party bar none. That is every social (sic) landlord bar none. That is every directly affected lobby group such as Shelter, Gingerbread and Save the Children et al lobbies for homeless, lone parents and children… bar none!
Has the public become inured to my regularly saying its children for fuck sake? If so they too are spineless gobshites….
If you are a tenant affected, an activist or campaigner who would like to support those affected in your area, in fact anyone affected by or concerned with the Benefit Cap can contact me in confidence at firstname.lastname@example.org.