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Spending Review: Under 35s to Live in Rabbit Hutches.

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Future Under-35s Accommodation.

Okay I made that headline up.

But only just.

The item that stuck out in the Spending Review (though there’s plenty else to get annoyed about) is this.

From Inside Housing, Here.

The government has announced further plans to cut housing benefit payments in the comprehensive spending review.

From 2012, single people under 35 will be paid a shared room rate rather than a rate for a full flat.The shared room rate is lower than all other housing benefit payments and is currently paid to claimants under 25. It is based on the amount of rent charged for a single room with shared use of the rest of a house.

The government expects raising the age at which the shared room rate can be paid will save £215 million by 2014/15.

Announcing the change, which comes on top of savings announced in the emergency Budget and at the Conservative party conference, chancellor George Osborne said: ‘This will ensure that housing benefit rules reflect the housing expectations of people of a similar age not on benefits.’

Today’s review also revealed a cap on benefits for out-of-work single people of £18,200. This follows the announcement of a £26,000 cap for workless families at the Tory party conference two weeks ago, and will be administered in the same way, with housing benefit being cut up to the cap.

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: ‘The combined worry of cuts to housing benefit and the slashing of the affordable house building subsidy, coupled with the absence of a long-term strategy, will be devastating for the housing aspirations of thousands of young people consigned to increasing costs and bringing up their families in an insecure private rented sector.

‘The chancellor acknowledged this generational shift in housing aspiration for under 35s in his speech.’

So kind of the Chancellor to decide for anyone under 35 what their “housing aspirations” are.

They think of everything to help us, these Liberals and Tories!


Written by Andrew Coates

October 21, 2010 at 9:14 am

45 Responses

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  1. The Bunny Liberation Front stands in solidarity with our hutched under-35 Comrades.

    United for the right to gamble and roll free in the meadows!



    October 21, 2010 at 10:56 am

    • Watership Down
      You Read The Book/
      You Saw The Film
      Now Eat The Cast
      Apply At Local Butchers

      Free Wheeler

      October 23, 2010 at 10:54 am

  2. Admittedly I’m the king of not understanding things, but the new budget housing policies seem to be totaly unfathermable and looks like nobody gave a second thought to the consequences.

    Setting aside the stupidity of the 10% housing benefit loss and the 10% Poll Tax II. Iv’e been trying to understand the ramifications of the new council house rent rules which mean any new council tenant will face up to 80% of actual market value rent, yet existing tenants rents will be safeguarded.

    This is ridiculous as two minimum wage workers working at the same place doing the same job and living next door to each other in identical houses, are now going to have totaly different outgoings if one is a new council tenant this is just making the minimum wage a more of a mockery then it already is.

    Lowestoft's Finest

    October 21, 2010 at 11:13 am

    • All this talk of “market values” is bogus anyway. If you live on a council estate… well, you live on a council estate. It’s all about Location, Location, Location 🙂

      Lady Kirstie Allsopp

      October 21, 2010 at 11:23 am

  3. There’s a Travellers site under the Westway, Notting Hill, Kensington and Chelsea. So “Get Orf my land” “Call me Dave” Cameron.

    Also Steptoe and Son was based on real Notting Hill totters.

    Lowestoft's Finest

    October 21, 2010 at 11:47 am

  4. Re: the new “under 35 Housing Benefits rule”. Paul Lewis on Radio’s You are Yours: “88,000 people under 35 are going to find their benefit cut by about £50 a week.”

    Paul Lewis

    October 21, 2010 at 11:49 am

    • That’s appalling they only get about £55 a week to live off, its the most disadvantaged youngsters who are worst off with no family to fall back on that will be hit most.Take someone who was in care they are kicked out when they are 18 and left to get on with it theyre gona have no chance.

      Lowestoft's Finest

      October 21, 2010 at 12:01 pm

  5. Radio’s You are Yours

    Winifred Robinson trying to pin Gregg’s Sir Michael Darrington on what would be the best course for someone who is made redundant, guaranteed to succeed… “too many to choose from”… “MBAs are always good but are expensive”

    Winifred Robinson: If there was one course that someone who is made redundant should take, what should it be?”

    Gregg’s Sir Michael Darrington: IT skills”

    wtf! parachute? India?

    You and Yours

    October 21, 2010 at 12:01 pm

  6. Winifred Robinson: If there was one course that someone who is made redundant should take, what should it be?”

    Gregg’s Sir Michael Darrington: IT skills”

    IT skills”Bullshit

    The Course they need is “Starve Yourself More Intelligent” by Prof. Lowestoft’s Finest

    Simply hand over your entire redundancy money in large denomination folding money form to
    Prof. Lowestoft’s Finest then just sit back and await results.

    Lowestoft's Finest

    October 21, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    • yeah, there will be a lot of “courses” springing up to relieve people from their redundancy payment… winder if Sir Micky was paid for making that remark…

      Bogus Driving School

      October 21, 2010 at 12:14 pm

      • You’ve beat me to it with your Bogus driving school Idea, expect the news paper vacancies columns to fill up with “Be Your Own Boss” Adds flogging dodgy concessions to shaft civil servants who get made redundant and part them from they’re redubdancy payment.

        Widescale Redundancies normaly mean a large amount of the civil servants fall victim to believing they are now Dell Boy and blowing their money on a market tradding concession despite no experiance

        end result=disaster

        Lowestoft's Finest

        October 21, 2010 at 12:31 pm

      • Bogus Driving School: Get the L out of it!

        Funny A4e Photos

        October 22, 2010 at 10:55 pm

  7. You’re a cheating sharlatan Prof. Lowestoft’s Finest, I handed over my entire redundancy money to you no receipt nescessary and have seen nothing back for it.

    Mr Redundant

    October 21, 2010 at 12:13 pm

  8. They’re you go Mr Redundant, clearly my course has made you more intelligent allready.

    Prof. Lowestoft's Finest

    October 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm

  9. I like the BBC’s Nick Robinson, but this is quite funny:

    Crystal Balls

    October 21, 2010 at 2:01 pm

  10. love the picture.

    I assume the bottom are the two bunnies on “Shared Room” rate in the jail like enclosure, and upstairs in the warmer enclosed, with water (and food) area is the supervisor/prison guard.

    Yes, indeed these bunnies are on workfare!

    What you can’t see in the picture is the CCTV down the bottom in the corners on the ceiling. And, yes that wire mesh is indeed electricuted. Please observe the emergency fire exit escape hatch at the top right and the big lookout window towards the top left for keeping an eye on the slave bunnies.

    Flexible New Deal

    October 21, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    • yes I thought it was appropriate Flexy.

      Going through the pictures of Rabbit Hutches I didn’t realise how oppressed the poor beasts are as pets.

      Then I found what happens to them in the rabbit factory farms….

      Andrew Coates

      October 22, 2010 at 11:30 am

  11. From 1942 to 1945, IG Farben (for IG Farben read A4e/Providers), together with the SS, maintained the concentration camp at Buna-Monowitz adjacent to the IG Farben factory at Auschwitz.
    Of the ten thousand prisoners made to work for the company there, most were murdered.
    In the Nazi extermination camps many hundreds of thousands of people, mostly Jews, were killed by Zyklon B gas, which was sold by an IG Farben company.


    October 22, 2010 at 3:17 am

  12. “Nobody can withdraw from the history of one’s people.
    One should know that the past must not be based on forgetting
    Else it returns and becomes the present.”
    —Jean Améry, 1975


    October 22, 2010 at 3:19 am

  13. Duncan Smith: ‘Get on the bus to find work’

    Recalling Norman Tebbit’s famous line from 1981 in which he said his unemployed father “got on his bike and looked for work, and he kept looking ’til he found it”, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith tells Newsnight’s Gavin Esler that the unemployed should “get on the bus” in order to find work.


    BBC News

    October 22, 2010 at 4:38 am

    • Fair enough. Will we get free bus passes? No?

      Most people will pay approx £4 return (average) multiply by 6 (Mon-Sat) makes £24. To some people this is half their Jobseekers, and to others its a third.

      Besides, its a closed shop. It is extremely rare to be able to turn up at an employer and get a trial or job. Its all recruitment processes these days. Either via post or online (although a few will request CV’s by hand).

      See 1981 is invalid with modern day. Politicians still don’t get that quoting history typically means f**k all as trends etc. change over time.

      The Con-servatives still can’t grasp a piece of legislation THEY developed in 1994 (16 years ago+) where jobseekers already have to accept a job or training or lose benefits…

      Flexible New Deal

      October 22, 2010 at 7:28 am

    • You lot are nothing but a bunch of lazy, work-shy scroungers. On your bike!

      Norman Tebbit

      October 22, 2010 at 10:44 am

      • Buy Roller Skates They Are Cheaper And You Can Ride On The Pavement

        Free Wheeler

        October 23, 2010 at 10:51 am

      • What happened to Gordon Brown’s idea of supplying all JobSeekers with a moped, anyone know?

        On the Road

        October 23, 2010 at 11:03 am

      • People moving is what IBS is hinting at. Moving to “vacancies” that suddenly vaporise just as you arrive in an unfamiliar city – now rendered homeless as well as hungry. Or, moving to purpose built “work-facilities” in the style of the intended prison work camps.

        Fritz Todt

        October 23, 2010 at 12:20 pm

      • Hi Fritz I heard a caller/fellow Nazi on Radio 4’s Any Answers saying that benefit claimants and soon to be made redundant public sector workers should be “forced to build the transport infrastructure that this country so desperately needs for future generations” – what’s this “future generations” crap all about. Future generations of private shareholders?


        October 23, 2010 at 1:26 pm

      • Organisation Todt

        The Organisation Todt (OT) was a Third Reich civil and military engineering group in Germany named after its founder, Fritz Todt, an engineer and senior Nazi figure. The organization was responsible for a huge range of engineering projects both in pre-World War II Germany, and in Germany itself and occupied territories from France to the Soviet Union during the war, and became notorious for using forced labour.


        Fritz Todt

        October 23, 2010 at 2:04 pm

      • A pre-war period from 1933–1938 during which Todt’s primary office was that of General Inspector of German Roadways (Generalinspektor für das deutsche Straßenwesen) and his primary responsibility the construction of the Autobahn network. The organisation was able to draw on “conscripted” – i.e., compulsory – labour, from within Germany, through the Reich Labour Service (Reichsarbeitsdienst, RAD) (for Reich Labour Service (Reichsarbeitsdienst, RAD) read Job Centre Plus in Partnership with A4e/Providers)

        Fritz Todt

        October 23, 2010 at 2:13 pm

      • In 1938 Todt founded the Organisation Todt proper as a consortium of the administrative offices which Todt had personally set up in the course of the Autobahn project, private companies (A4e/Providers) as subcontractors and the primary source of technical engineering expertise, and the Labour Service as manpower source (Jobcentre Plus).

        Fritz Todt

        October 23, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    • If you listen to IBS carefully, you will notice that he is being disingenuous by citing 1 hour on the bus between Merthyr Tydfill and Cardiff. Job Seekers are ALREADY required to accept jobs within one hours daily travelling distance each way. I wonder what his REAL agenda is.

      Cookie Dough Ice Cream

      October 22, 2010 at 10:52 am

      • 1 hour within 6 months of claim.

        After that its 1.5 hours (90 minutes).

        Flexible New Deal

        October 22, 2010 at 10:55 am

      • my bad, oops 🙂

        Cookie Dough Ice Cream

        October 22, 2010 at 11:02 am

      • I think its all bullshit really. 90 minutes is far too much!

        Who wants a 9-6 job with 90 minute commute time?

        This means approx leaving your house around 7am-7.30am (commute time doesn’t count frequency of transport) to get bus/train (if not a car).

        It also could mean not arriving home until 8pm-9.30pm!! (public transport at “night” (after 6pm) gets pretty bad in many places)

        This means getting up around 6am to start your day and going to bed around midnight… Giving as little as 2 and a half hours “me” time… including having something to eat, unwinding after work, bath/shower, etc. etc.

        The thing is, I don’t think expecting people to travel an hour is too unreasonable, just 90 minutes IS!

        Flexible New Deal

        October 24, 2010 at 10:42 am

    • And why the sudden move from bike to bus. I thought that the CONservatives were the “green” party.
      All more the so at a time when the bike is gaining in popularity over the bus.
      Or maybe this is less to do widening the geographical area that jobbseekers are required to patrol, can we envisage a move to the car, plane, spaceship as the preferred mode of transport?

      Cookie Dough Ice Cream

      October 22, 2010 at 10:56 am

    • …this is less to do with green issues and more to do with widening the geographical area that jobseekers are required to patrol,…

      Cookie Dough Ice Cream

      October 22, 2010 at 10:58 am

    • OR MOVE TO!

      Cookie Dough Ice Cream

      October 22, 2010 at 10:59 am

      • yeah, MOVE TO the A4e/Provider/IG Farben/Nazi “training facility” or your benefits will stop!

        Tea Timer

        October 22, 2010 at 11:09 am

      • So The Fuck What. Travel 90 Minutes To Work Everyday.
        Think Yourselves Bloody Lucky.
        Most People In The M25 Area Will Travel 2 And A Half Hours Each Way To And From Work. And We Also Have Some Of The Highest Fares In Europe Too. Think Yourselves Bloody Lucky That Travel To Work Time Is Not Based On Where You Live. 1 And A Half Hours For Places Such As Lowestoft, Norwich, Cardiff, Bristol Is VERY RREASONABLE.

        Big Deal.

        October 22, 2010 at 1:37 pm

      • Misery loves company.

        Andrew Coates

        October 24, 2010 at 10:43 am

      • That is funny Big Deal because Ipswich which is no where near the M25 is just over 1 hour commute by train to London Liverpool Street.

        Of course, from there either walking, cycling, getting a bus, another train or using the London Underground… will add more to the commute time but not 2.5 hours – and again it is far from the London Boundary.

        Flexible New Deal

        October 24, 2010 at 11:05 am

  14. learn the easy way

    Now Try This

    October 22, 2010 at 9:14 am

  15. “get on the bus”,whos going to pay benefit levels don’t match up to duncan smiths talk.pittance wages would not cover the costs either, and you might have to get on a few buses too if you can get there at all.this has been tried and employers are less then favorable with “all the way from” either discounted when applying or when you finally arrive,the sums don’t add up.

    typical duncan smith ill informed,out of touch and in an other world,while he climes into his chauffeur driven people are finding their benefits under pressure and cut at a whim.

    its no good people coming on here saying i am alright jack when many are not so fortunate trapped in a world of hardcore unemployment and its destructive consequences.


    October 22, 2010 at 3:29 pm

  16. people who are forced to claim benefits are being actively targeted and discriminated against by the coalition.

    the undertones of this behavior are very serious and have been ongoing for some considerable time.



    October 28, 2010 at 4:29 pm

  17. One hour travel to work – great if it is a walk or cheap journey, to travel just over an hour from where I live to London will cost £104 a week. Who can afford to do that, pay rent and survive if they are not on a high wage? What planet is IDS from? Planet doesn’t have a clue maybe?


    November 5, 2010 at 5:09 pm

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