Ipswich Unemployed Action.

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More Attacks on the Welfare State: Abolition of Attendance Allowance and Cut in Housing Benefit.

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Brighton & Hove UNEMPLOYED WORKERS CENTRE 4 Crestway Parade, The Crestway, Brighton BN1 7BL ( & 01273-540717

PRESS RELEASE:

 Unemployed Centre Condemns Proposals to Abolish Attendance Allowance & Disability Living Allowance and Cut Housing Benefit .

Brighton & Hove Unemployed Workers Centre has sent an open letter to all 3 of Brighton & Hove’s New Labour MPs asking them to speak out about the proposals in the new Care Green Paper to abolish Attendance Allowance, which is paid to people aged 65 and over who need help with care. No sooner have MPs put behind them the scandals of Second Homes Allowances and decorating their own homes at public expense, then they are choosing to attack the most vulnerable sections of society. Housing Benefit was capped a few years ago and this attempt to make the unemployed move into the worst accommodationwas sweetened by allowing them to keep any monies below the fixed rent levels. Then this was cut to £15 a week and now it is proposed to cut any surplus altogether. DLA and Attendance Allowance, which were originally introduced by a Conservative Government, is now the subject of proposals to abolish them . In its place the Green Paper proposes that the money ‘saved’ will be allocated to care by local government. The latter pledge will no doubt be forgotten about whilst the disabled will suffer massive cuts in their living standards.

Tony Greenstein, Secretary of Brighton Unemployed Centre said: ‘I have a disabled child, who suffers from autism. DLA is not used for care but to pay for the extra expenses involved in caring for a disabled person. Things like breakages, outings, clothes etc. Pie-in-the-sky promises that it will be put in a local government pool, with all the vagaries that this involves, are unacceptable. New Labour has pilloried the poor. Welfare ‘Reforms’ that force lone parents to ‘actively seek’ work if their child is 7 are in marked contrast to the lavish lifestyle of MPs. This Government has bailed out the banks with hundreds of billions of pounds, whilst doing absolutely nothing about the payment of million pound bonuses. Yet it has audacity to cut the meagre amounts that the disabled are entitled to.’ We call on all 3 Brighton & Hove Labour MPs to make it clear that they will vote against these and any similar proposals. ’For Immediate Release For further information contact: Tony Greenstein 01273-540717/07843350343

 

Ipswich Unemployed Action notes with concern these moves. Attendance Allowance is essential for many elderly people. Housing Benefit is already difficult for the unemployed (some landlords do not like the out-of-work as tenants in the first place). The money they propose to cut can make all the difference between being able to pay utility bills and being permanently in debt.

 

We wonder if Suffolk Coastal MP John Gummer – who got his garden sorted at public expense – or other local MPs, like Chris Mole, Ispwich, who has a London flat allowance to complement his local home – know what it’s like having to rely on Housing Benefits.

 On the edge of complete destitution.

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Written by Andrew Coates

August 29, 2009 at 8:43 am

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  1. “Ipswich Unemployed Action notes with concern these moves. Attendance Allowance is essential for many elderly people. Housing Benefit is already difficult for the unemployed (some landlords do not like the out-of-work as tenants in the first place)”.

    I totally agree. There are agents who wont deal with the unemployed – other agents are happy to, if there is some form of security proposed such as having someone to guarantee it fro you who own a house etc.

    The problem is you can’t even getting a viewing these days with a lot of agents when you are unemployed. Upstix are amongst the worst.

    They are not interested in talking with you. Some estate agents will happily arrange a viewing no questions asked. These days they want to know your life history. Some agents will consider unemployed people if they have parents/family/friends who own a house and don’t mind being tied in to your tenancy agreement. Some enquire whether you have savings or property, as quite rightfully you may have lost your job recently and might not even be intending to claim benefit for it.

    Please see this link: http://newdealscandal.wordpress.com/2009/07/30/housing-poverty-action-required-now/ A very big insight on the estate agent scams out these days.

    New Deal

    August 29, 2009 at 9:07 am


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