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Universal Credit on World Homeless Day.

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Yesterday was World Homeless Day.

Anybody walking around our towns can see people begging in the streets.

It’s back to the kind old world of Dickens and Jo the Crossing Sweeper.

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Talk to most people and they go on about the astronomical cost of rents, and, when it’s anybody on the dole, how ‘local Housing Allowance’ increasingly does not cover real housing costs.

Now some people try and do something to help street sleepers.

Bus Shelter Ipswich project for the homeless gets £5K boost

July 2019. EADT

Established in November 2017, The Bus Shelter Ipswich is a community interest company that provides free accommodation, advice and support to vulnerable people in and around the Ipswich area via its first converted bus, called ‘Tiffers’, and two outreach vans.

The organisation was appealing for funds to help finalise a second bus, called ‘Cheys’, which will be a mobile drop-in and advice centre. According to the Rough Sleeping in England report, homelessness in Ipswich has increased by over 60% since 2010.

The kind folk at the DWP think of everything!


Last year (2018)  this was one of many reports:

Observer investigation finds system in chaos, putting chancellor under pressure to change tack

Government welfare reforms are fuelling a rise in homelessness in towns and cities across the country, an Observer investigation has found.

Interviews with homelessness charities across England reveal a support system in crisis as the rollout of universal credit and freezes to local housing allowance rates put even basic accommodation beyond the means of many. One shelter said universal credit was a factor in a third of its clients ending up in its care.

Now we have this:

1 in 7 people in England directly hit by the housing crisis

More than 8m people in England – around 1 in 7 – are living in an unaffordable, insecure or unsuitable home, according to the first ever ‘state of the nation’ report on the housing crisis, released today by the National Housing Federation.(i)

Benefits freeze pushing low-income families to the brink of homelessness

Welfare Weekly.

94% of properties in the private rented sector are unaffordable for families on benefits.

More than nine in ten properties in the private rental sector are unaffordable for families on benefits and with a chronic shortage in social homes an increasing number of people are struggling to find an affordable home.

This is according to a new report from the National Housing Federation (NHF), which warns that the benefits freeze is “pushing low-income families to the brink”.

The report finds that 94% of private rental properties are unaffordable for families on Housing Benefit, or the equivalent Local Housing Allowance (LHA), and 65% of these are families in work.

The NHS says this is fuelling the rise in homelessness, which is now at record levels, as well as contributing to children living in overcrowded and poor quality accommodation.

LHA was initially designed to cover bottom 50% of market rents in any area. However this was reduced to 30% in 2011. Rates were then divorced from market rents altogether in 2013; and finally frozen in 2016, so they stopped keeping up even with inflation.

This means that in some parts of the country less than 1% of private rented properties are covered by LHA.

The National Housing Federation is calling on the government to end the freeze and increase LHA payments, so that they cover at least the bottom 30% of private rent homes in any local area.

They are also calling for £12.8bn annual investment in building new social housing, so that fewer families are forced to seek more expensive housing in the private rented market.

Channel Four found a really bad case of how this is affecting people.

Written by Andrew Coates

October 11, 2019 at 10:09 am

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  1. I have seen more people begging on the streets in the last couple of years. With sanctions at an all time high.


    October 11, 2019 at 10:14 am

  2. Reblogged this on Tory Britain!.


    October 11, 2019 at 10:15 am

  3. And it will remain just the same until people stop voting Tory at every election. Usually without a thought for anyone but themselves.

    Harry Carter

    October 11, 2019 at 10:25 am

    • Vunerable and disabled people driven from their home’s because of hate crime and thuggery.

      Universal Credit claimants ‘denied money because they don’t have a passport’

      Newcastle MP Chi Onwurah made the claim which has been denied by the Government


      I noticed that in the jobcentre.Their asking people on the Universal Credit side for passport’s and driving licence’s by default.


      October 11, 2019 at 2:15 pm

      • That’s true. In the first instance they demand photo identification as if everybody in the country has a passport or photo-card driving license. Those that haven’t can use other documentary ways to confirm their identity, e.g., birth certificate plus some other paperwork, and are asked questions about themselves, e.g., what was you mother’s maiden name, to prove who they are. For older people especially this can be a very difficult hurdle to get over. And as for the Gov.UK Verify thing I wouldn’t bother unless you’ve got photo ID, in which case why bother with it anyway?

        The people who dreamt up Universal Credit must have been delusional idiots detached from the real world.

        I haven’t met a single soul on Universal Credit that doesn’t hate it.


        October 11, 2019 at 2:29 pm

      • Yeah well, ken wouldn’t it be better to pony up for a (provisional) driving licence and a passport? You might not get much change out of £100, but just look at as yet another expense. You spend £25 a day on fags?
        If you have never had a passport you need to get it signed by an ‘upstanding member of the community’ who holds a passport. You can use your passport pic for your driving licence pic. Is it not better than screwing up your money for months, losing the roof over your head. A passport lasts for 10 years and a photocard driving licence for 10 years. So £10 a year to have both, or 20p a week. What can you buy for 20p?


        October 11, 2019 at 2:52 pm

      • ken, a provisional driving licence costs £34 online or £43 by post. A UK passport costs £75.50 online or £85 by post. Think you will have to do it by post if you don’t already have one. You need to get the form countersigned unfortunately. So no more than £128 + £5 for the pic. Once you have these documents you can use them to ‘verify’ your identity instantly and move your claim on instead of waiting for an appointment with the jobcentre. You should get paid a lot quicker. Or better still ask the jobcentre about paying for these documents since employers will expect you to have them when you get a job.


        October 11, 2019 at 3:04 pm

      • Why should any citizen be forced to spend money on a driving license and/or passport that they will never use to claim entitlements that they are eligible to receive by law? That’s completely and utterly ridiculous! Whatever next? Not being able to vote in local and general elections without a passport or driving license which can be checked before entering a voting booth? Sounds like Nazi Germany or a police state where everybody has to produce their “papers” to go anywhere or do anything.


        October 11, 2019 at 4:12 pm

      • Very soon you are going to need photo ID (a driving licence or passport) to vote in an election, ken. At least it should cut down on people voting multiple times in different constituencies. But who is counting 😀 😀 Certainly not me 😀

        Diana Abbott

        October 14, 2019 at 8:17 am

  4. Andrew Coates

    October 11, 2019 at 11:07 am

    • Surely these people must be completely out of touch, if they are ‘stunned’ by these amounts ? Or are they simply acting the innocent well-meaning Tory, who didn’t mean to do any harm with all the welfare reforms ?

      Alan Turner

      October 11, 2019 at 3:40 pm

      • In the past the Tories wouldn’t have been able to stomach this kind of systemic misery, These days they can. The modern Conservative party are full of right-wing ranters like Barney Rubble lookalike Mark Francois and such like. After Brexit, if it happens, when the money dries up and borrowing on the money market soars things will become even worse than now.

        Bump and Grind

        October 12, 2019 at 3:14 pm

      • Labour will address grotesque inequality and poverty blighting held back coastal communities due to austerity

        Last year alone, food banks in Hastings distributed 87,453 meals. It is predicted that by the time Universal Credit is fully rolled out approximately one in five adults (15,492) living in Hastings & Rye will be on Universal Credit – the flagship Tory welfare policy which Jeremy Corbyn has called “inhumane” and an “unmitigated disaster”. In government, Labour will scrap Universal Credit and immediately introduce a package of emergency measures to end its worst aspects, including the benefit cap, the two child limit, punitive sanctions regime and the five week wait for an initial payment.



        October 12, 2019 at 3:14 pm

  5. If only Labour had a plausible leader that the public trusted Boris Johnson and his unholy cabinet of creeps and defects would be toast at the next election. Jezza is a boon to the shyster Conservatives who would sell out their mother and their country in order to keep their seats, because while Corbyn remains leader of the Labour party the party has no chance of winning power. And I think that Corbyn is vain enough and stupid enough to try to stay as leader of the party even after badly losing the next election because he’s afraid, quite rightly, that any other leader that stepped into his shoes would be less left-wing than he is and having him as leader is better than anybody else even if they could lead the party to victory.

    Bradley Faye

    October 11, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    • @Bradley Faye – Sadly that is true. I notice John McDonnell has been saying that both he and Jeremy Corbyn would probably resign if they lose the election. Look at the polls, realistically it’s Ed Milband all over again.


      October 11, 2019 at 3:32 pm

  6. There are now 700,000 more homeless people now in work with the help of Universal Credit & Work Coaches.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 11, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    • Off to a good start then from my perspective.

      T. Coffey PhD MP

      October 12, 2019 at 3:09 pm

  7. Housing Benefit was deliberately cut from a 50% rate to the equivalent of the lowest 30% of the rental market. In order to ‘encourage’ people to get a job. That’s why most rental properties are unaffordable to people on benefits. And why they are having to dig deep into their JSA or Universal Credit, in order to make up the difference. The Tories were fully aware of this when they made these cuts. IDS himself thought that Housing Benefit was set at too high a level. And if it paid all the rent, then why would people work ?

    Jeff Smith

    October 11, 2019 at 10:26 pm

  8. ‘Universally discredited’: Diane Abbott slams benefit system as new figures show huge rise in rent arrears

    Universal Credit, rolled out in Hackney a year ago, has been condemned for leaving people without food and facing eviction due to delayed payments and problems submitting claims.

    Last week Jeremy Corbyn announced a Labour government would scrap it altogether, calling it an “unmitigated disaster” designed to “punish and police” claimants.

    Ms Abbott said: “Universal Credit is now a universally discredited policy.



    October 12, 2019 at 12:34 am

  9. My own area falls short by £40 a week! A jobseeker 25 and over only gets paid £73.10 a week in benefits.
    How the hell could anyone live on £32.10 a week. Even worse if you are under 25 and on £57.90. How could you live on £17.10 a week. This is probably the most disgraceful, disgusting of IDS and the Tories(don’t forget the LibDems, Jo Swinson and all who also voted for this shit) ‘welfare reforms’ yet you never hear about it. Why doesn’t Labour, Corbyn, McDonnell and co not speak up about this?


    October 12, 2019 at 7:48 am

    • Jo Swinson has to be the worst ‘politician’ in the UK. Part of the evil triumvirate, the other two being Sturgeon and Cherry. Oh, what God-awful creatures they are.

      Timmy Farron

      October 12, 2019 at 8:27 am

      • Oh, come on. Our current Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a proven liar, cheat, adulterer and charlatan, who sent his lapdog Jacob Rees-Mogg on a mission to Balmoral to mislead the Queen and was found guilty of behaving unlawfully in respect to our exemplary and much loved monarch, is surely viler, more villainous and and worse by several orders of magnitude than any of the ladies you single out in you comment separately or together.

        Johnson is an individual lower than the belly of a snake.


        October 12, 2019 at 10:17 am

      • Swinson is boxing clever. He anti-Corbyn and pro-EU stance is designed to attract the votes of remainer Tories who wouldn’t vote LibDem if they thought that they might support Corbyn to become caretaker PM but are looking for a party to vote for a remain party, as near as possible to the Conservatives, rather than the ridiculous sectional rabidly anti-EU party that the Tories are becoming under Boris as they try to neutralise the Brexit party leaching enough votes away to put them in second or worse place in enough constituencies to deny them a majority or even enough MPs to be the party with the most MPs after the next general election.

        Quite a Machiavellian schemer is our Jo.

        Tortoiseshell and White

        October 12, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    • @Rebecca – You are right there. But you never hear any mention of this. And the 4 year freeze on benefits is making this worse every year.

      Tom Sutton

      October 12, 2019 at 12:26 pm

      • It is quite cunning though the way it is hidden away. We keep hearing about pensioners and disabled people being reduced to going to foodbanks, disabled people being denied PIP, disabled people being stripped of their motability car, a disabled person’s ESA being sanctioned by £5 a week, the ‘bedroom tax’ for single people sat in 2/3/and upwards bedroom houses. As if this someone losing a £5 a week or a car was the worst of IDS’s excesses. But we never hear about the really poor, hard done by people sat in a cold, damp bed-sit all alone and struggling to get by on less money than you would need to feed a budgie,

        We saw one such person only the other day. He was in front of us in the checkout queue in a ‘discounter’ supermarket. He had only a value loaf and a can of beans. We thought, that poor man, sat with his beans on toast, that will probably have to last him two or three days. making a can of beans last for a whole loaf. Anyway, he didn’t have enough money to pay. The cashier said that she would let it go, and we would have paid anyway. But he just walked off and left the bread and beans. So now he won’t even eat. He is probably too proud to go to a foodbank. These types never do. We were wondering just how many people like this man are out there. A victim of government policy and forgotten about completely.

        Margaret and Charles

        October 12, 2019 at 12:50 pm

      • If you work in shops you see people like this all the time. Oftentimes it’s a can of soup, spaghetti… to go with the value loaf. As has been said above it is most likely people who are having to pay most of their benefit money towards their private landlord. Disgusting!


        October 12, 2019 at 3:18 pm

  10. Dating sites are dangerous, you NEVER really know who or what is on the other end. They can say whatever they want, it does not make it true. I met my 2nd wife on this site. Looked real good to the point we got married. Lasted 5 years until she got her green card, then it was over. Obvious that was her plan from the beginning. Nothing is as it seems. Would recommend to stay away from dating sites.

    Kent from Fruitland Park, Oregon

    October 12, 2019 at 11:29 am

    • Not all women like wearing a strap-on and taking the active roll and you have my sympathy. Maybe go for a Fillipina next time; they’re small, don’t take up a lot of room and don’t eat a lot and so are cheap to keep.

      Sometimes a Yorkshire terrier is a better bet than a Great Dane.

      Drunken Sailor

      October 12, 2019 at 6:10 pm

  11. So Boris Johnson has basically accepted Theresa May’s deal on Brexit ? After all his bullshit about how he would rather die in a ditch. A border in Irish Sea, and the UK government paying customs rebates to Brussels.

    The Vicar of Bray

    October 12, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    • Reverend, would you say May’s ‘deal’ going to be put to the Commons for a fifth time then? And what would expect the outcome to be?

      The Vicar of Dibley

      October 12, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    • You never really believed any of the things that Boris promised did you? With his past history surely not.


      October 12, 2019 at 3:19 pm

      • Boris is going to get any deal voted through , then just not ratify it, running the clock down to a no deal clean break!
        Hopefully 😀


        October 15, 2019 at 2:00 pm

  12. More children than ever are relying on Gloucestershire’s foodbanks as usage soars and campaigners blame Universal Credit



    October 12, 2019 at 12:43 pm

  13. More children than ever are relying on Gloucestershire’s foodbanks as usage soars and campaigners blame Universal Credit


    October 12, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    • Hurrah! When they’re old enough to get jobs work will get them out of poverty.

      T. Coffey PhD MP

      October 12, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    • Families in England hit by 70% cut in school uniform grant

      Cash-strapped councils stop financial support for clothing, pushing more parents into debt

      Due to rising poverty and government austerity, it is estimated that 1.7 million children attend school in badly fitting, unclean or incorrect clothing. Last year, a Children’s Society survey found that one in 10 families reported getting into debt to buy their children school clothes.



      October 13, 2019 at 9:58 pm

  14. Diane Abbott says Universal Credit is creating poverty after new figures revealed 7 in 10 of Hackney’s council housing tenants claiming the benefit are now in rent arrears.

    As of the end of last week, 1,338 of 1,901 tenants on the government’s single-payment benefit system – 70 per cent – had not been able to pay their rent on time, with more than £1.5million owed.

    Ms Abbott, the Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP, told the Gazette the system had delivered none of the benefits the government predicted and called it “universally discredited”.

    The number of tenants in arrears is higher than it has been for two years and is rising as more people make the switch from housing benefit.

    Universal Credit, rolled out in Hackney a year ago, has been condemned for leaving people without food and facing eviction due to delayed payments and problems submitting claims.

    Hackney Gazette:


    Andrew Coates

    October 12, 2019 at 3:25 pm

  15. @Ken – Universal Credit was always about cutting benefits to the bone. But the Tories have overdone it as usual, and now there is simply not enough being paid even for basic food and rent.

    Graham H.

    October 12, 2019 at 6:29 pm

  16. And those who are silly enough to sign up to third parties the training providers, the providers probably get more per week per client (I mean customer) to go their weak training sessions, and advise


    October 13, 2019 at 8:18 am

  17. If dealing with the jobcentre has taught me one thing it is that the most dangerous thing you can do in a Job Centre is to say anything 😀 , as they turn around and use it against you. Better to keep it zipped – your mouth that is 😀


    October 13, 2019 at 9:07 am

    • @Melanie , Good advice. It’s always best to deal with the Jobcentre on a careful basis. Work Coaches are trained to work from what you say to them, and adjust their approach accordingly. Admitting you are not very good at maths for example, is the kind of thing that can get you sent to a training provider. And don’t be deliberately stupid. For example admitting when you sign, that you haven’t done all your jobsearch because you took your cat to the vet. This is just asking for a sanction.

      Jack Reid

      October 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm

  18. And don’t let them catch you off guard by starting a conversation with you. Then you forget where you are for a moment, and admit something you shouldn’t have.

    Colin Claimant

    October 13, 2019 at 12:06 pm

  19. Andrew Coates

    October 13, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    • Things are only going to get worse for those on benefits. Pound Sterling has plummeted in value against the Waitrose Nectar point. GBP is now at parity with NP. £1GBP will only buy one Nectar point.

      Klaudia Claimant

      October 13, 2019 at 8:29 pm

      • London’s cocaine market is now worth an estimated £1bn a year after new tests revealed people in the capital are taking an average of 23kg of the Class A drug every day.


        crime does pay and if you get busted free food electric and and a warm place to stay in prison.

        sanctioned on benefits and you just end up on the streets and left to starve and freeze to death.


        October 13, 2019 at 9:07 pm

      • Not long ago you could buy one $hitcoin for one nectar point 😉

        Max & Stacy Keiser

        October 13, 2019 at 9:16 pm

      • Today one $shitcoin will cost you over $8000. You should all have sold your nectar points when we were screaming at you: “DUMP NECTAR POINTS AND BUY $HITCOIN COS MAX AND STACEY TELL YA!!”

        Max & Stacy Keiser

        October 13, 2019 at 9:19 pm

      • Last time we checked we had over 10,000 nectar points. 🙂

        The Shopoholics

        October 13, 2019 at 9:25 pm

      • We accumulated the grand sum of 50,000 nectar points over a few years. When we decided to cash them in they were only worth 5p 🙂 So we decided to keep them as 50,000 nectar points look a lot better then 5p 😀 The value of a nectar point must be some where between zero and absolutely zero 🙂

        The Supermarket Sweepers

        October 14, 2019 at 8:01 am

  20. Dismal’ job figures show failure of Disability Confident

    The government’s much-criticised Disability Confident jobs scheme appears to be growing increasingly less successful at persuading employers to offer jobs to disabled people, according to new Department for Work and Pensions

    Three years ago, DWP declared itself a gold-standard employer of disabled people under the scheme – securing the status of “Disability Confident Leader” – just days before being found guilty of “grave and systematic violations” of the UN disability convention.



    October 13, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    • It would be a lot more to the point if the DWP stopped forcing sick and disabled people into work. Instead of trying to spin their deliberate cruelty as something wonderful.


      October 14, 2019 at 10:33 am

      • You can say that again Fred.

        Dave Blunt Al -Blunti

        October 14, 2019 at 11:01 am

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