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Hundreds of housing associations are calling on the Government to rethink changes to housing benefit rules that could push many tenants into financial hardship.

The sector is joining forces in a national week of action organised by the National Housing Federation, to raise awareness of the 'harsh reality' of the Government’s proposed welfare changes.

Key concerns that will be raised by housing associations during Welfare Action Week, starting on October 10, include:

The proposal to cut benefit for social housing tenants deemed to have a ‘spare bedroom’ – even if they have lived in the property for decades.

The decision to cut the housing benefit of an estimated 670,000 people living in social housing by an average of £676 a year.

That the changes will hit people with disabilities hardest. Foster carers will lose out too, even if their ‘spare room’ is being used by fostered children.

The decision by the Government to pay Universal Credit direct to tenants rather than give them the choice to have the housing benefitr element paid direct to their landlord.

The cap on the overall amount of benefit that people can claim. Families will be amongst the hardest hit as the cap takes no account of the huge variation in housing costs across the country.

The Federation claims that as a result of the proposed changes, many tenants will have to choose between going into debt or moving away from work, family and support networks.

The policies are expected to be introduced in April 2013.

Wulvern Housing Group is one of the housing associations taking part in the campaign. It has written to the Welfare Reform Minister, Lord Freud, calling on him to drop the changes.

Simon Wilson, Head of Housing and Customer Service at Wulvern, said: "Wulvern takes the welfare of our tenants very seriously and is concerned that these measures could cause a lot of hardship for a lot of local people.

“The Government must reconsider these proposals immediately. They leave tenants to choose between a rock and a hard place: get into debt or get out of their home.”

http://www.24dash.com/news/housing/2011-10-05-Hundreds-of-housing-associations-call-on-Government-to-rethink-welfare-reforms

Same old nasty party, same old corruption (Fox), same old lies

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Same old nasty party, same old corruption (Fox), same old lies

It seems pretty clear, the top guys at the housing associations are worried that their bonuses might be in danger if they dont get enough taxpayer money.

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It seems pretty clear, the top guys at the housing associations are worried that their bonuses might be in danger if they dont get enough taxpayer money.

Your living in cloud cuckoo land

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Your living in cloud cuckoo land

So am I.

Perhaps most shocking of all, are the fifty executives of housing associations who are paid more than the prime minster’s salary of £142,500.

Top of the pile was John Belcher, the former chief executive of the London-based Anchor Trust housing association – which specialises in providing affordable homes for the elderly – who was paid £391,000 in 2008/9.

Not too far behind was David Cowans, of the Places for People housing association, who bagged £297,000 over the same period. The L&Q association, meanwhile, paid one director £321,000 and its CEO £207,000, while Affinity Sutton and the Sanctuary housing associations paid their bosses around £260,000.

http://citywire.co.uk/money/morning-line-how-can-a-housing-association-boss-earn-390k-a-year/a403762

Cuckoo..... cuckoo....

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Same old nasty party, same old corruption (Fox), same old lies

Wake up and smell the coffe

Housing benefit goes to landlords not tennants

And the Government is effectively setting the level of rents and pricing ordinary working people out of the market

The only beneficiaries of this are landlords and people fiddling the system

If housing benefit was halved - rents would halve

Why do you want high rents?

Are you a slum landlord by any chance?

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Wake up and smell the coffe

Housing benefit goes to landlords not tennants

And the Government is effectively setting the level of rents and pricing ordinary working people out of the market

The only beneficiaries of this are landlords and people fiddling the system

If housing benefit was halved - rents would halve

Why do you want high rents?

Are you a slum landlord by any chance?

:blink

You must be joking lol this isn't about private landlords is it? its going to affect people across the board. I would love to see housing benefits for private rents lowered as it would hurt greedy landlords/accidental landlords and those with little property empires, but I don't trust the Tories, they hate housing associations and would love to transfer housing stock into private ownership.

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You must be joking lol this isn't about private landlords is it? its going to affect people across the board.

Yep. Next time I move I may be less likely to be outbid for the nicest house by a benefits recipient.

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