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Rise in Homeless Numbers set to Accelerate with Benefit Cuts.

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A Common Sight these Days.

The number of people sleeping rough is at a five year high – so how big is Ipswich’s homelessness problem? Ipswich Star (end of November).

The number of people sleeping rough in Ipswich has hit its highest level for at least five years.

Latest figures show there were 16 people regularly living on the streets, compared to just five in 2013.

And 19 vulnerable people with housing issues are believed to have died in the town in just 16 months.

We were saddened but not surprised to learn that,

Many of these 19 deaths were down to mental health concerns, or drug and alcohol issues, Miss Raychaudri said, but changes to the benefits system have also pushed people in Ipswich into crisis.

Note this for those who have difficulties:

In a bid to curb the growing problem, more than 40 agencies came to together four years ago to form the Ipswich Locality Homelessness Partnership. The aim is to work side by side to rid the town of rough sleeping and to prevent vulnerable people from losing their homes.

At the heart of this partnership is the Chapman Centre, based in Black Horse Lane.

I suspect, since I see people in the streets every day, that the figures in Ipswich the 16 people regularly sleeping rough, are the tip of a homeless iceberg, with much much greater numbers in shelters,  temporary accommodation, shifting from friend’s place to friend’s place,

London’s homelessness count continues to rise said the Guardian earlier this month.

However you cut the numbers, the capital’s struggle to house its vulnerable people is getting harder

London dominates estimates of national homelessness newly published by Shelter. This, of course, is no surprise. Neither are high levels of homelessness anything new in the capital. In his book London: The Heartless City, published in 1977, David Wilcox reported that “by the end of 1976, 15,000 families were recognised as homeless”. And that was 10 years after Cathy Come Home.

Has anything improved? Shelter calculates that 170,000 people are homeless in London today. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has told the Guardian it does not recognise Shelter’s figures and provided one of 52,820 homeless households in temporary accommodation in London as of the 30 June. However, as households frequently comprise more than one person and Shelter’s figures are mostly drawn from the DCLG’s own data on temporary accommodation and rough sleeping, the difference between the two might not be so great.

Now we have this: 

Thousands of families teetering on brink of homelessness this Christmas after benefit changes, reports the Mirror.

Labour MPs and town hall leaders say the savage Tory government cut will leave vulnerable families at breaking point just as they are most stretched.

Thousands of Britain’s poorest families could be left on the brink of homelessness this Christmas due to a ‘disgraceful’ new benefit cap.

Labour MPs and town hall leaders say the savage Tory government cut – introduced today – will leave vulnerable families at breaking point just as they are most stretched.

Under the new rules, the maximum benefits that can be claimed by couples and lone parents is set to drop by £6,000.
The article goes on to explain,
 While some will struggle this Christmas, the full impact is not expect to hit until the New Year. The cap will also hit affect full and part-time carers.It covers most benefits, including Child Benefit, Child Tax Credit, Jobseekers’ Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and Universal Credit.

The new rate will be £20,000 a year – £384.62 a week – for couples and families outside London, down from £26,000. Some families will lose up to £115 a week.

Department for Work and Pensions bosses say the measure will stop families getting huge payouts without working, but campaigners have dubbed it a ‘cruel’ attack on vulnerable people.

It is a cruel system that needs getting rid of, now!


Written by Andrew Coates

December 14, 2016 at 12:17 pm

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  1. Spikes, railings and water are weapons of ‘dehumanising’ campaign against homeless.

    Charity says that rough sleepers are victims of ‘defensive architecture’ built to stop them resting outdoors.

    A campaign against homeless people is being waged in Britain’s cities, according to a new survey that claims “street cleansing” tactics are being employed by planners, businesses and security companies to stop people resting or sleeping outdoors.

    Interviewed by the national homelessness charity Crisis, rough sleepers reported being hosed with water by security guards to make them move on, and an increase in the use of other “deterrent” measures.


    news seeker

    December 14, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    • I haven’t picked up on that here, but doubtless there must be examples.

      Andrew Coates

      December 14, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      • Yes, as if being homeless isn’t bad enough to be out in the cold, they also suffer from those who assume they will never be out in the cold. it’s only a matter of time.

        news seeker

        December 14, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      • Also more homeless people being attacked by other homeless people who take what little they have.

        news seeker

        December 14, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    • Also, “Do not feed the homeless” (it only encourages them) posters prominently placed in council buildings. Scrooge alive & well in 2012.


      December 14, 2016 at 3:37 pm

  2. Andrew Coates

    December 14, 2016 at 12:44 pm

  3. At least this poor fella has his dog for company and protection.


    December 14, 2016 at 2:14 pm

  4. If you think it’s bad now wait until Universal Credit is rolled out in full – if it ever happens! Landlords fearful of not getting their rent paid on time, because of Universal Credit being paid in arrears and rent money paid direct to claimants rather than landlords, will stop renting properties to people on working age benefits.

    Who knows what will happen then?

    Most people alive today have never been here before.


    December 14, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    • The point about landlords is very important.

      Campaigners have made it, welfare rights advisers have made it, but apparently it’s all about making people ‘responsible’.

      It’s been completely ignored.

      Andrew Coates

      December 14, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      • Trouble is it only takes a few people not to pay their rent on time for all Universal Credit claimants to get tarred with the same brush.

        When the IRA and INLA were at their most active and murderous Irish immigrants to the UK mainland often were refused accommodation by British landlords and landladies suspicious that anybody with an Irish accent might be a potential terrorist. Same with Universal Credit when all claimants end up considered as potential rent defaulters. Obviously a minority of people in dire straights, particularly those with children, might well siphon off some rent money now and again to pay a utility bill. pay off a debt, or make some essential purchase or other and fail to pay their rent promptly; most tenants won’t behave like this but enough will to give birth to an urban myth that Universal Credit claimants default on rent payments and what follows will be history: Everybody on Universal Credit, no matter how reliable and honest, will end up regarded as potential rent defaulters and have extreme difficulty in finding affordable accommodation suitable for their needs. This forthcoming disaster, foreseen by everybody, councils, landlords, tenants, et al, will be caused by tenants failing to be “responsible” but by spectacularly bad legislation drafted by astonishingly stupid ministers (Iain Duncan Smith and David Freud) and made law because of poor oversight by a manifestly irresponsible government.

        It is going to be very, very bad for a lot of completely deserving and innocent people for a very long time..


        December 14, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    • Woody

      its already leading to Landlords walking away wholesale – I can remember last year that the largest landlord up north declared all on benefits would not be renewed at the end of term and no new ones taken on from that time.

      Also, internal industry surveys.polls show it was gathering pace before April this year.


      December 15, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    • It is already happening here in Ipswich. Most estate agents have signs up saying ” At this time we have NO LANDLORDS TAKING BENEFITS ”. It also has something to do with landlords buy-to-let insurance and the fact that as an in going tenant you TOO will be required to take out an insurance to guard against accidental damage. One agent I spoke to ”Mason’s” said it would be in the region of £500 on top of the usual fees etc.


      December 15, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      • PHILIP

        Cheers for that – I forgot about that little fact from when I was renting a few years ago…


        December 15, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      • GAZZA. Forgot to say Masons would want to see proof of insurance BEFORE you get the keys.


        December 16, 2016 at 8:46 am

      • JSM In Ipswich close to Jobcentre won’t take benefits neither will Penningtons. Thompsons on Lower Brook Street have a portfolio of properties that will take benefits.


        December 16, 2016 at 8:49 am

  5. On Topic

    “Strange” things are still going on my sides but one of the central ploys used now clear.

    A Person is classed as needing accomodation/help and falls in the perview of the requirements – council rejects it. Persons Representative appeals in writing, council produces a doctors report [or is it?] which states no such requirement is fulfilled on the part of the applicant by the evidence provided, despite home nurses written statement. Person has fall leaving them on floor over Xmas for 4 days till discovery. Only then is help provided – person dies a year or so later. This is real – I knew the person, its the same council I am dealing with.

    Now I am sure all can see the blowbacks in all their forms to how this is wrong from start to finish. This is the new Britain.

    ME: Speaking to those from that age, A unwritten charter existed between the lower classes and the upper after WW2 – it was simple, We’ve been to war, we’ve come back and we know how to fight. The days of stepping on us are over – social change then took hold and the country started to change for the better – that is unless you were one of the hidebound upper class that is/was still stuck in past urging “Send the Plebs over the top…”

    Through whatever ways its happened this is where we are now.


    December 14, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    • Another addition to Council Underhand Tactics

      In care. Council paying for your keep. Reach the age you have to look for a place on your own. Find and apply for housing. Wait. Declared successful. Only then to be told no cannot have place as have built up arrears – you know, under council and social supervision, they bug up the payments, then blame you for themselves creating the problem and then declaring you homeless and shipping you out of the council area.



      December 15, 2016 at 1:02 pm

  6. Off Topic : Urgent, How Many Sick Notes can a JSA claimant have in a year and is there a length limit?


    December 14, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    • With Universal Credit I believe you can only be sick no more than twice a year!


      December 15, 2016 at 10:15 am

      • Woody

        thanks for jogging my memory – so DWP strikes again in joining two different rules when they have no power to do so.


        December 15, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    • yo need a sick note from the doc after 7 days so you then get 2 weeks, after that they can put you on extended sick leave for 12 weeks if you have a sick note to cover you for that time and will have a telephone interview when you are meant to sign on instead.

      tho it is up to the adviser if they put you on extended sick leave or then go on to esa after this time.


      December 15, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    • Regarding fit notes.

      Getting the most out of the fit note GP guidance

      Based on research evidence and feedback from doctors, patients and employers, this guide is designed to help you make best use of the fit note to support your patients.It gives you information on completing
      each section of the fit note (including the reassessment box, comments section and
      return to work tick boxes), and uses illustrative case studies to give real world examples.

      Your assessment about whether your patient is fit for work is about their fitness for work in general
      and is not job-specific.If you assess that your patient’s fitness for work is not impaired by a health condition, they are fit for work and do not need a fit note. Always consider if your patient could do work of
      some kind before advising that they are not fit for any work. Remember the long-term health risks
      of worklessness when advising your patient that they are not fit for work.

      28 pages.


      news seeker

      December 16, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    • news seeker

      December 16, 2016 at 7:19 pm

  7. news seeker

    December 15, 2016 at 11:57 am

  8. Quote: “The Department for Work and Pensions’ current system of assessing the sick and disabled for benefits is on a par with medieval tests for witchcraft.

    It would be laughable if it was not so sickening!



    December 15, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    • Duncking Stools and ordeal by hot coals next?.

      wooky the wombat

      December 16, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    • Occupational Health

      Another word for not a nurse, not a doctor or more formally known as Quackery.

      The NHS had this to say on the subject

      “key business asset and essential to productivity and profitability”



      December 16, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      • Doug. Does anybody else remember the former Employment Rehabilitation Centres. You were sent there after 2 years on Unemployment Benefit in the 1980’s. They had Compulsory Gym twice a week and a dr on the premises that you had to go and see if you were sick, this even after you had seen your own GP. Various activities were taken. Manual Work as in Woodwork-Metal Work. Administration etc. More like a secondary school for grown ups.


        December 17, 2016 at 8:28 am

  9. Local Councils used to have a duty of giving homeless people a roof like a B&B at £600 a week but that has now changed. The councils will not help homeless people & will turn them away & say don`t come back.

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    December 15, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    • There are many notices on the wall in this food bank, homeless? phone this number phone that number. as if there is help for them, but not.

      news seeker

      December 15, 2016 at 3:23 pm

  10. Minister blames benefit claimants for delays in paying universal credit in Great Yarmouth

    A government minister has defended the “disaster” of introducing universal credit to Great Yarmouth – and blamed benefit claimants for some of the problems.

    Universal Credit replaced six other welfare allowances, including housing benefit, with one monthly payment in Yarmouth and Lowestoft this spring. But delays in claimants getting the money has led to some of the poorest tenants falling into rent arrears and being evicted.

    Landlords and councils are owed tens of thousands of pounds in rent, while charities say it has led to more demand on soup kitchens and their services. Paul Cunningham, chairman of the Eastern Landlords’ Association, described the new system as a “disaster”.

    Great Yarmouth Borough Council wrote to work and pensions secretary Damian Green in November about the problems caused by the delays in paying universal credit.


    Andrew Coates

    December 15, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    • The Delay, say’s it all doesn’t it, does there need to be the long wait, no. they know what they are doing.

      news seeker

      December 16, 2016 at 10:34 am

  11. Here I was talking to someone who is on Universal Credit and it turned out he shouldn’t be on that at all and should be on Jobseekers allowance.Its happened before as well.


    December 15, 2016 at 7:27 pm

  12. Woman ‘not seen by anyone but carers since 1999’ reported missing only after visit from benefits officials


    This is a very creepy case, i say this as are these so called carers saying she was there and that they saw her before DWP turned up ?

    Maybe its me, but dont you at least see a person you care for once a day ?

    If she has as is reported learning difficulties, wouldn’t there have been another public authority involved and also having such, surely someone would have had to help help make this fresh claim.

    This if the worse has happened, is the most shocking case of benefit fraud i know of.


    December 16, 2016 at 10:22 am

  13. More than 2,500 children are unlawfully accommodated in unsuitable bed and breakfast facilities in England, the latest official homelessness statistics suggest.

    They show that 1,300 households with children were resident in B&Bs for longer than six weeks at the end of September, a 24% year-on-year increase.

    Councils are obliged by law to avoid placing families in B&Bs except as a last resort, and then for no longer than six weeks. B&Bs lack space, privacy and often do not contain cookery and laundry facilities.

    The figures confirm that many councils are struggling to fulfil their duty to find suitable housing for the increasing number of households they accept as homeless.


    news seeker

    December 16, 2016 at 11:12 am

  14. Hundreds of prominent Scots sleep out for homeless charity.

    Ms Sturgeon said: “Participants in last night’s sleepout have experienced just a taste of what it is like for some of our most marginalised people. Tonight, I expect they will gladly return to their beds, but also in the knowledge they’re fundraising for those who don’t have that opportunity.


    news seeker

    December 16, 2016 at 12:25 pm

  15. Zero-hours contracts blamed for £21m overspend by Barking and Dagenham Council


    ZHC’s and change of circumstance in the same sentence, what a great Tory plan. If theirs one thing that needs reforming its definitely Tory intellect.


    December 16, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    • We know what the solution is, but will it ever be done..

      news seeker

      December 16, 2016 at 6:53 pm

  16. Universal Credit affecting vulnerable people & putting strain on council staff


    Oh look, another great Tory plan stuffing up.

    I especially likes the part,

    “many repeated experiences of errors, missing documentation and Data Protection breaches ON THE PART OF THE DWP”,

    It ended with i quote, “along with lack of knowledge and training among DWP staff, reluctance of landlords to rent property to recipients and an increased risk of homelessness”.

    Is it time to reform the reform. Here’s one suggestion, throw it in the bin, admit defeat, admit they were wrong and that they hadn’t really thought this through properly as how could they if we are all in this mess now.


    December 16, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    • There is no such thing as DPA within the DWP, telling my work coach a few things.

      I guess you teach them a lot Doug! I remember you telling us what they said to you once, with your knowledge.

      news seeker

      December 16, 2016 at 6:47 pm

  17. National lottery firm Camelot hit with £3 million penalty.

    Their good causes DON’T include the homeless and the needy, but fancy opera, sports and heritage projects which means giving the ultra rich money to do up their stately homes.



    December 16, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    • Naughty Marie,

      You know the 3 million is to do with a possibly fraudulent ticket back in 2009. If you also search your find the lottery has helped the homeless in the past. Granted not all.

      Keep the news clear and concise please as even though you did not suggest, any viewer may still if they dont check the facts reach the wrong conclusion.


      December 16, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      • So the CORRUPT media tells us, I don’t believe anything they say anymore, it’s mostly lies and propaganda.


        December 16, 2016 at 3:04 pm

      • And Marie conveniently forgets that the National Lottery also bought that war-mongering bastard Churchill’s ‘papers’ “for the nation”. The best place for those would have been the back of the fire!


        December 16, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      • Never believe anything Marie, always fact check it personally yourself. I would like to say dont watch the BBC or other mainstream media even alternate media but we all need a starting point on current affairs otherwise we wont know what the hell is going on outside our own social bubbles.

        Take all this facebook is a media outlet stuff. Im no fan of the site or others like it but it connects people in a social platform basis so if government and mainstream get there way and this will spread to other platforms, even here, we all will be effectively algorithm silenced which is not on and a direct threat to the freedom of speech.

        If someone can go to the trouble as is suggested with these so called apps of knowing what is fake, the least they can do is actually prove it or there no more credit worthy a source.


        December 16, 2016 at 6:14 pm

  18. Is that “BBC Suffolk” in the article pic?

    Eagle Eyes

    December 16, 2016 at 3:55 pm

  19. They should have slung fat warmongering Churchill on the fire 😀


    December 16, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    • Those of you spewing out highly derogatory remarks about Churchill seem to have overlooked a certain warmonger called Hitler!


      December 16, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      • You’ll be telling us next how Castro and Che Guevara were great men of peace – conveniently omitting the torture chambers and the firing-squads!


        December 16, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    • Conveniently overlooking the fact that Churchill “extended” World War II.


      December 17, 2016 at 9:02 am

  20. You forgot Joseph Stalin and his gulags where millions were worked to death.


    December 16, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    • Marie, how are you doing.

      news seeker

      December 16, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    • Hitler never wanted war,dirty Churhill,Roosevelt and their jew cronies started world war 2!


      December 16, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      • Complete and utter fantasist bullshit. You are both a liar and a loony rolled into one! Happy Xmas.

        (Jesus Christ was Jewish by the way you fucking moron.))


        December 17, 2016 at 11:56 am

    • North Korea Too


      December 17, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    • Nazi Germany declared war on America unilaterally on December 11, 1941, which brought America into the second world war in Europe. Hitler was an evil genocidal psychopath and the Nazi regime one of the vilest and most disgusting to ever have existed anywhere, any time, on the face of the earth. The Nazis invaded countries illegally, put legions of people to the sword, and chillingly earmarked millions of completely innocent, harmless, unarmed civilians – men, women, children and babies – for systematic cold blooded murder and death. Hitler’s catastrophic rise to power corrupted one of the most civilised and advanced European nations, Germany, and ended snuffing out millions upon millions of lives wantonly and needlessly.

      Hitler and his minions were monsters.

      You cannot make peace with monsters, only destroy them if it is within your power to do so.

      It saddens me to see pro-Nazi and anti-Semitic garbage appearing on a blog like this.


      December 18, 2016 at 10:30 am

      • The “victors” always get to write and rewrite history.


        December 18, 2016 at 10:44 am

      • Oh to be so completely brainwashed and who do you suppose created anti-semitism?


        December 18, 2016 at 11:26 am

  21. The local food bank, a lot busier regarding the benefit cap, more people are donating food, some say it’s because of xmas, nonsense.

    news seeker

    December 16, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    • Food banks are brilliant really helping the desperate, I’m thinking of volunteering myself -how are you doing NS 😃


      December 16, 2016 at 8:44 pm

      • You know Marie, the food bank is the best place to volunteer in 2016, you understand, you won’t go hungry,

        news seeker

        December 16, 2016 at 8:50 pm

  22. Yes I understand 😃


    December 16, 2016 at 9:03 pm

  23. https://www.gov.uk/christmas-bonus/eligibility

    Christmas Bonus

    You must also get at least one of the following benefits in the ‘qualifying week’ – this is normally the first full week of December:

    Armed Forces Independence Payment
    Attendance Allowance
    Carer’s Allowance
    Constant Attendance Allowance (paid under Industrial Injuries or War Pensions schemes)
    Contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance (once the main phase of the benefit is
    entered after the first 13 weeks of claim)
    Disability Living Allowance
    Incapacity Benefit at the long-term rate
    Industrial Death Benefit (for widows or widowers)
    Jobseeker’s Allowance *
    Mobility Supplement
    Pension Credit – the guarantee element
    Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
    State Pension (including Graduated Retirement Benefit)
    Severe Disablement Allowance (transitionally protected)
    Unemployability Supplement or Allowance (paid under Industrial Injuries or War Pensions schemes)
    War Disablement Pension at State Pension age
    War Widow’s Pension
    Widowed Mother’s Allowance
    Widowed Parent’s Allowance
    Widow’s Pension

    *ha-fucking-ha. You dole-blaggards don’t need an extra tenner. You are already on £73.10** of the Queen’s Gold Sovereigns a week (£57.90** sovs for 18-24). Let’s give the money to those who REALLY need it like those on DLA, PIP, Pensioners. You dolies can go and eat cake 😀

    **subject to arbitrary sanction 😀

    Santa Scrooge

    December 16, 2016 at 9:09 pm

  24. “declined to comment”.

    Low tax rates for banks which are making eye-watering amounts of money,” said shadow finance minister John McDonnell. “This shows that this government wants to create an environment in which big firms get tax giveaways while everyone else gets spending cuts.”


    news seeker

    December 17, 2016 at 9:20 am

  25. The homeless in Toronto.

    news seeker

    December 17, 2016 at 9:26 am

  26. […] Source: Rise in Homeless Numbers set to Accelerate with Benefit Cuts. […]

  27. There is now a new route onto Universal Credit for long-term JSA Claimants.

    First, the Work Coach must persuade these JSA claimants to voluntarily see an occupational psychologist. (This can’t be mandated under JSA rules, so they have to sweet-talk the claimants into doing it ).

    The psychologist, contracted to the DWP, interviews and tests the claimants to reveal any areas of ‘work resistance’, and examine how the DWP ‘can help them’ . A detailed report is submitted to their Work Coach regarding their attitudes to employment, and to trying out different types of work that they may not have thought of. The psychologist will then note down what was the response, co-operative or hostile.

    By pressuring the claimant to ‘be more realistic’ and take any work under any conditions, we come round full-circle to the fact that these part-time and zero-hours contract jobs cannot be mandated under JSA.
    So what is the alternative ? Why, Universal Credit of course.

    Jeff Smith

    December 20, 2016 at 4:56 pm

  28. Hi news seeker, I don’t wish to be too specific, because it involves other people who are relying on my discretion. But this is based on direct communication. Look for it soon at a jobcentre near you, as the DWP get tired of waiting years for the remaining JSA claimants to be migrated over to Universal Credit.

    Jeff Smith

    December 21, 2016 at 12:26 am

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