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Private renters in England on ‘cliff edge’ as eviction ban ends

Almost two million private renters fear they will be unable to find another property if they lose their home after the eviction ban is lifted, ministers are being warned.

With the ban coming to an end this week, the government is facing demands for emergency legislation to increase the permanent protection for those struggling to pay their rent as a result of the Covid pandemic. Councils are also warning of a “cliff edge” of homelessness in the months ahead unless action is taken, with a potential £2.2bn bill for the state.

Private renters are those most at risk at the end of the ban, which has been repeatedly extended amid concerns about the build-up of rent arrears during the crisis. Among private renters in England who are worried about losing their home and who are already cutting back on heating and food to pay rent, 72% are worried they will be unable to find another home in the future. The finding, from a study by homelessness charity Shelter, equates to about 1.9 million privately renting adults.

Written by Andrew Coates

May 30, 2021 at 12:08 pm

Posted in DWP, Housing Benefit, Welfare State

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  1. The end of the eviction ban this week followed in 16 weeks by the end of UC “Uplift” = a recipe for disaster and a long, cold Winter for many.

    trev

    May 30, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    • Exactly, somebody I know who’s on UC said that the ‘uplift’ pays the weekly service charges on his sheltered accommodation.

      Andrew Coates

      May 30, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    • I don’t know why you keep banging on about this temporary ‘uplift’, trev, JSA claimants are not going to get paid it anyway. If you look at the published benefits rates on the .gov site the UC and JSA rates are exactly the same. How long can a temporary ‘uplift’ be stretched out for before the government have to publish two different official benefits rates for claimants who are in essentially the same situation?

      fred

      May 30, 2021 at 2:11 pm

      • I was pointing out that the UC “Uplift” is also earmarked as being a temporary measure and will come to an end in several weeks time, adding to the financial difficulties of those on UC struggling to make ends meet and possibly getting into rent arrears too. As for the UC/JSA discrepancy, that is being decided by a High Court Judge.

        trev

        May 30, 2021 at 2:18 pm

      • Financial difficulties come baked into unemployment benefits. Did people really think they are generous? No you can’t afford to run a Range Rover. No, you can’t afford a 60 inch flat-screen colour TV. No you can’t afford 4 luxury holidays abroad a year. No you can’t afford to send your kids to private school. No you can’t afford a fridge. What is it with people?

        fred

        May 30, 2021 at 2:34 pm

      • It’s supposed to be about affording the basics such as Rent and food and heating, not one OR the other, nothing to do with buying “Range Rovers”! In fact that is the prerogative of the private landlords, they are the ones laughing all the way to the Bank on Housing Benefit payments. My landlady drives a brand new Range Rover.

        trev

        May 30, 2021 at 2:43 pm

      • Btw, there are Grants available to buy things such as fridges, washing machines, beds, etc. if you meet the criteria. We have someone at the foodbank who deals with all that.

        trev

        May 30, 2021 at 9:04 pm

      • You must have the same landlady as me, trev 😀 When you think about it is really disgusting someone running around in a brand-new Range off of the back of housing benefit money.

        fred

        May 30, 2021 at 2:49 pm

      • I thought the jobcentre had got rid of grants for stuff. I will ask the jobcentre about a grant for a fridge and other stuff I need next time I visit. See what non-response I get. Or more likely get the woman in the foodbank to deal with it since we all know the jobcentre are useless. I tell you what, £1560 would come in really handy 🙂

        fred

        May 31, 2021 at 6:13 am

      • @ fred

        I don’t think the Jobcentre have anything to do with such Grants, though they might be able to refer you to an organization that does, in my area that’s the foodbank. CAB might also be able to refer people, and/or Social Services.

        trev

        May 31, 2021 at 11:15 am

      • I wonder if I will get a grant for a new Range Rover 😀 Could do with one of those 😀

        fred

        May 31, 2021 at 6:15 am

  2. We have a culture in this country of home ownership. Or, if you can’t afford this, reluctant renting by the low-paid, students and the unemployed. But many countries abroad, Germany, France, Holland etc. have a long-established tradition of renting properties across all classes and incomes. It’s seen as perfectly normal for families to rent a house, or a well-paid professional to rent an apartment. Only a relatively wealthy minority set out to buy properties outright. But in this country, we still have the double standard of property ownership vs renting. With millions of people who will realistically never be able to own their home, treated as second-class citizens. Just as the unemployed so often are.

    Jeff Smith

    May 30, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    • Most Germans rent their homes for the simple reason that they are too expensive to buy. I have lived in Germany, France and Holland so know all about it. Everybody seemed to be renting.

      fred

      May 30, 2021 at 2:40 pm

      • Only just over 50 per cent of French people live in their own properties. in France 39-40 % live in flats.

        In the suburbs of French towns and cities there are quite a few ‘pavilions’, detached houses, even if some are small, and in the north and some formerly industrial areas, a number of maisons mitoyennes, terraced houses/back to backs, but nothing like on the scale of here. Getting a mortgage is not that easy.

        Andrew Coates

        May 30, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    • @Jeff Smith ; Very true Jeff. I believe these foreign countries also have a lot more protections for renters ? The landlord can’t just turn up with a Section 21 eviction notice any time they like, as they can in the UK.
      A lot of the homeless you see, it starts with them being chucked out over rent arrears, or just for no reason.
      We need more legal protection for people who rent properties, not less.

      George M

      May 30, 2021 at 3:35 pm

      • It would help if Housing Benefit was kept separate from Universal Credit, as it is with JSA, and paid directly to the landlord. Only an out-of-touch clueless millionaire would think it a good idea to lump all Benefits together into one monthly payment.

        trev

        May 30, 2021 at 4:00 pm

      • It gives tenants more ‘flexibility’ in that they can ‘borrow’ the rent money – temporarily in an emergency. Universal Credit has to be paid into a bank account so the most sensible thing would be to set up a standing order/direct debit, that way you are never going to come into contact with the rent money. Anyway, I am sick of hearing about this so-called temporary ‘uplift’ to UC. As the September deadline approaches we hear the same voices clamouring for it to be extended, the same voices who were clamouring for it to be extended as the previous ‘deadlines’ approached spouting the same drivel about ‘working families’, ‘children going hungry’, ‘uc claimants freezing/starving to death’, now they have added ‘winter approaching’ to the mix. Of course not one peep about legacy JSA claimants who will be £1500 out-of-pocket come September. Many of the UC claimants who have pocketed the extra £1500 will be JSA claimants who have been migrated over to UC, claimants in exactly the same circumstances as JSA claimants, many of whom will have been claiming JSA/UC for years… decades 😀 Maybe some people who aren’t in the benefits system believe the guff that the press spout about ‘DWP plans to cut benefits’, – rolling back a ‘temporary uplift’ is NOT a cut no matter how you ‘spin’ it – but those of us who are in the system know the score. UC claimants should be happy that they have trousered £1500 – a good chunk of change – that their JSA ‘comrades’ never saw and shut up instead of putting out the begging bowl for more, the greedy fuckers.

        fred

        May 31, 2021 at 5:54 am

      • Oh yeah, I forgot to mention ‘lifeline’ 😀

        fred

        May 31, 2021 at 5:57 am

      • And to be exact it is an extra £1560 that UC will have pocketed. Even an extra £60 would be a ‘lifeline’ to a JSA claimant. With £60 you could top-up the gas/leccy meter and buy some beans and toast for a treat 🙂 Maybe put some of it towards a fridge. You really need one when the warm weather comes.

        fred

        May 31, 2021 at 6:03 am

  3. We in the UK should really think ourselves lucky that we have some Covid protection compared to what’s happening in India:

    trev

    May 30, 2021 at 6:33 pm

  4. superted

    May 30, 2021 at 7:13 pm

  5. superted

    May 31, 2021 at 12:20 am

  6. Tory politicians’ shocking attacks on disabled colleagues aren’t all that shocking

    https://www.thecanary.co/opinion/2021/05/30/tory-politicians-shocking-attacks-on-disabled-colleagues-arent-all-that-shocking/

    superted

    May 31, 2021 at 1:52 pm

  7. Phil Booth sets out how people can protect their privacy following NHS Digital’s announcement that patients’ GP data will be shared

    NHS patients’ GP records are the most detailed and sensitive medical records that exist, containing the history of events in an individual’s lifetime impacting their physical and mental health.

    But, from 1 July as The Register has reported, NHS Digital, has announced that “data may be shared from the GP medical records about… any living patient registered at a GP practice in England when the collection started”.

    https://bylinetimes.com/2021/05/19/the-government-wants-to-sell-your-gp-medical-records-heres-how-to-opt-out/

    you have to do it on line took me 3 mins and also send a signed letter to your gp!

    superted

    May 31, 2021 at 7:30 pm

  8. 700000 households dont receive enough from universal credit to pay rent

    https://www.bigissue.com/latest/700000-households-dont-receive-enough-from-universal-credit-to-pay-rent

    trev

    May 31, 2021 at 9:26 pm

  9. Some good news for people in a certain bracket:

    Universal Credit: New £400 a month benefit top-up and housing changes explained

    The change means increased payments of up to £400 a month for care leavers and those who have been homeless

    https://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/universal-credit-new-400-month-5475255

    trev

    May 31, 2021 at 9:31 pm

  10. trev

    May 31, 2021 at 9:34 pm

  11. Things turn Biblical* as WHO renames UK and other variants with Greek letters

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-57308592

    *(“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end”)

    trev

    May 31, 2021 at 10:21 pm

  12. On Monday, a scientist advising the UK government said the country was in the early stages of a third wave of coronavirus infections, in part driven by the Delta, or Indian variant.

    so more lock downs based on cases on the way ready to extend there emergency powers act in September and kick the can down the road again for another 6 months.

    yet 500 ppl a day die from some sort of cancer it is a fkn joke now!

    superted

    May 31, 2021 at 10:38 pm

  13. Using the Universal Credit helpline

    Our Ref: FOI2021/39136

    1 June 2021

    Dear Curtis Allan,

    Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FoI) request received on 17 May. You wrote:

    “Where a person has access to the internet and wants to make a claim for Universal
    Credit, they are expected to use the Universal Credit digital service via the GOV.UK
    website. For personal reasons some people who have access to the internet would
    prefer to use the Universal Credit helpline instead.

    Please provide me with any recorded information held by the DWP, which states that a
    person who has internet access must use or can be legally compelled to use the
    Universal Credit digital service to make a claim for Universal Credit, instead of the
    Universal Credit helpline.”

    DWP Response

    We do not hold the information you have requested.

    We are not aware of any recorded information which states that a person who has internet
    access must use or can be legally compelled to use the Universal Credit digital service to
    make a claim for Universal Credit, instead of the Universal Credit helpline.

    Guidance explains that if claimants, who do not fall into a digitally excluded category, must be
    allowed to make a claim by phone, if they choose to.

    If you have any queries about this letter, please contact us quoting the reference number
    above.

    Yours sincerely,

    DWP Central Freedom of Information Team
    Department for Work and Pensions

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/using_the_universal_credit_helpl#incoming-1802491

    jj joop

    June 1, 2021 at 11:26 am

    • they can not force you to make a claim online internet or not as this is your personnel data same as showing work search they can not dictate how it is provided.

      superted

      June 1, 2021 at 11:38 am

      • @superted

        We both know this already. But at least now we have something tangible to stick under coachy’s nose when they try and say otherwise.

        jj joop

        June 1, 2021 at 2:50 pm

      • ill add that foi to the pile i have fkn printer died so had to get a new one but budgeting loans now taking forever as 21 days buy post now and still not had it 3 weeks later when b4 it was around 2 weeks to get the letter.

        superted

        June 1, 2021 at 2:58 pm

  14. Calls for urgent action to fix ‘inflexible’ Universal Credit system

    https://planetradio.co.uk/signal1/local/news/staffs-cab-univ-credit/

    superted

    June 1, 2021 at 12:07 pm

  15. Calls for job centres to close in Blackburn with Darwen and Burnley

    Union representatives are calling for job centres to close in places where the Indian covid variant is high.

    https://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/19338834.calls-job-centres-close-blackburn-darwen-burnley/

    superted

    June 1, 2021 at 12:09 pm

  16. Covid variants re-named, alpha, beta and delta to avoid ‘stigmatising’countries of origin, says world health organisation.

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/15126381/covid-variants-renamed-alpha-beta-delta-avoid-stigmatising-who/

    Cloverleaf

    June 1, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    • I know, I posted that last night.

      trev

      June 1, 2021 at 2:53 pm

  17. Marvelous.

    Cloverleaf

    June 1, 2021 at 4:45 pm

  18. Indian farmers warning.

    Cloverleaf

    June 1, 2021 at 5:07 pm

  19. UK’s First Outdoor Smoking Ban Set To Be Introduced In Oxfordshire

    Oxfordshire is set to become the UK’s first place to ban smoking outdoors, as part of plans for the region to be completely smoke-free by 2025.

    https://www.ladbible.com/news/uk-uks-first-outdoor-smoking-ban-set-to-be-introduced-in-oxfordshire-20210601

    superted

    June 1, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    • Outdoor dining areas and outdoor spots where workers go for a quick fag break.

      https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/19339753.oxfordshire-smoke-free-plans-also-extend-outdoor-dining-areas/

      I used to always smoke a fag before and immediately after signing on, felt like I needed it for the stress but I quit smoking 7 months ago.

      trev

      June 1, 2021 at 9:18 pm

      • I used to always smoke a fag before and immediately after signing on, felt like I needed it for the stress but I quit smoking 7 months ago.

        well you better order the crack pipe now then because it is only going to get 10x worse esp if you just dont bother to do anything about it and fight back using the law! which everyone has that right to defend themselves.

        superted

        June 1, 2021 at 9:50 pm

  20. 😉

    superted

    June 1, 2021 at 9:54 pm

  21. An extension to the lockdown must now be considered. It’s the best and safest way forward.

    George M

    June 2, 2021 at 11:43 am

    • @George M – Yes I agree George. It’s no good just throwing everything away by opening things up too early. Perhaps it would be better if we had a short extension, just to see what happens with the Indian covid variant.

      Jeff Smith

      June 3, 2021 at 11:54 am

    • Yes. The reason we are in lockdown now is because we unlocked too soon for Christmas and too many people abandoned social distancing and hygiene measures during the festive season.

      Aleister

      June 3, 2021 at 2:59 pm

  22. Another lockdown & furlough extension would really cost a lot. Catch up learning !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 2, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    • round and round faster and faster it only ends one way!

      superted

      June 2, 2021 at 10:43 pm

  23. Oxford estate agency turns down renter on Universal Credit despite ‘No DSS’ ban

    AN ESTATE agency in Oxford refused a hopeful tenant the chance to rent a home because they are on Universal Credit.

    Community union ACORN Oxford accused North Oxford Property Services of discrimination after they turned down a renter on benefits, who was enquiring about a property on Havelock Road in the city centre.

    Members from the union gathered outside the company’s office in Jericho on Saturday to protest against the illegal use of‘ No DSS’ tactics.

    In response to a previous ACORN demonstration outside Chancellor’s, a NOPS spokesperson confirmed that the company is ‘quite welcoming as long as the prospective tenant can fulfil all other references and checks which any non-DSS tenant would, most notably a landlord reference’.

    However, correspondence obtained by the union and seen by the Oxford Mail, shows the agent dismissing a prospective renter on benefits.

    A lettings manager at NOPS, sent this in response to the prospective tenant’s enquiry: “Thank you for your enquiry but I am afraid the landlord does not have insurance to cover tenants in receipt of Universal Credit.”

    https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/19339069.oxford-estate-agency-turns-benefits-renter-illegal-practice/

    Andrew Coates

    June 3, 2021 at 12:04 pm

  24. Now they have invented the ‘Nepal Variant'(yawn) or how about a Hancock Variant symptoms which include an incurable compulsion to lie every time your lips move.

    Cloverleaf

    June 3, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    • Not content with his idiotic reptilian alien theories, David Icke has now set himself on the path of Covid-denial.If we are to overcome this dreadful pandemic, everyone will have to play their part. That means getting vaccinated, wearing a mask, social distancing. And perhaps most of all, behaving as a responsible citizen, doing what the government requests. Not sniping on the sidelines, and thinking themselves very clever, with vaccine denial and risky behaviour.

      Jeff Smith

      June 3, 2021 at 1:01 pm

      • Your Real Eyes 👀 Will Realise, Their Real Lies.

        Cloverleaf

        June 3, 2021 at 2:44 pm

      • @cloverleaf – ” England expects that every man will do his duty .”

        ( Signal sent by Vice-Admiral of the Royal Navy Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson from his flagship HMS Victory as the Battle of Trafalgar was about to commence on 21 October 1805 ).

        Jeff Smith

        June 3, 2021 at 4:25 pm

      • @ Cloverleaf

        It’s no use blaming Hancock, it’s the anti-vaxxers who are prolonging the situation:

        “Recent assessments showed the majority of Covid-19 patients in Bradford Teaching Hospital Trusts with varying oxygen levels and CPAP (a type of non-invasive ventilation) were those who had not taken up the vaccine offer.”

        A spokesman for the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “We support Naz Shah’s plea for people in Bradford to get their COVID vaccination as soon as they’re called.

        “At Bradford Teaching Hospitals we are seeing patients who are eligible for the jab and haven’t had it yet.”

        https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/bradford-mp-issues-urgent-warning-20734276

        trev

        June 3, 2021 at 4:30 pm

  25. Furlough is part of the DWP – DSS people do not want to be connected to the DWP. Really downgrading in a class system of snobs. NO DSS, NO DWP.

    What a foolish thing the DWP did when paying Housing Benefit directly to the claimant instead of the landlord.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 3, 2021 at 12:50 pm

  26. superted

    June 3, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    • Vultures.

      Jeff Smith

      June 3, 2021 at 4:11 pm

      • Parasites.

        Cloverleaf

        June 3, 2021 at 4:41 pm

  27. Fraud and error in Britain’s benefits system hits record £8.4bn

    Fraud and error in the benefits system in Britain have reached record levels, with £8.4 billion overpaid in the last financial year, official figures suggest.

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) estimates that 3.9% of benefits spending was overpaid during 2020-21 – the highest rate to date and up from 2.4% in the previous financial year.

    Some £6.3 billion of the overpayments are believed to be due to fraud, primarily arising from Universal Credit (UC) claims.

    The figures also show an estimated £2.5 billion in underpayments – 1.2% of the total and also the highest rate recorded, up from 1.1% the previous year.

    The DWP said levels of fraud and error remain low, with 95% of benefits paid correctly.

    https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/uk-news/2021/06/03/fraud-and-error-in-britains-benefits-system-hits-record-84bn/

    superted

    June 3, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    • And how much of this so-called fraud is due to mistakes by DWP staff ? Or, as we have seen in a number of recent cases regarding Universal Credit, deliberate fraud by DWP staff.

      George M

      June 3, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    • I wonder how much is lost through Tax avoidance by the rich and famous?

      trev

      June 3, 2021 at 4:18 pm

  28. Jobcentres are ordered to launch a recruitment drive to tackle 190,000-worker shortage in the hospitality sector

    Coaches from Jobcentre Plus will be running sessions on the hospitality sector
    It comes after UK Hospitality found there were around 188,000 vacancies
    UK Hospitality and the Department for Work & Pensions have now teamed up
    The sessions are expected to encourage those in need of work into the sector

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9648845/Jobcentres-ordered-launch-recruitment-drive-tackle-190-000-worker-shortage.html

    superted

    June 3, 2021 at 3:48 pm

    • Look out for mandatory ‘placements’ at a Jobcentre near you very soon. ” Do you want fries with that ..?”

      Jeff Smith

      June 3, 2021 at 4:14 pm

      • not if they go on strike they wont be doing anything lol and screw up the kick stater scam and that ends in December anyway fkn waste of time just watch the video above ppl getting sacked on ks because they cant get the money to the employers lmfao.

        superted

        June 3, 2021 at 4:31 pm

      • I wouldn’t hold my breath about them striking. I don’t think it it’s going to happen. And as for working in hospitality, they know what they can do with that. I’ll apply for the vacancies if pushed into doing so by coachy. But that’s it.

        jj joop

        June 3, 2021 at 4:42 pm

  29. Only a stupid fool refuses a vaccine,
    Based not on proven science,
    But some outlandish theory he’s seen.
    Or muddles up reality,
    With some alien conspiracy dream.

    There is no secret plot,
    To place nano-particles in your head,
    Whatever some eccentric loons on the internet have said.
    There is no secret programme of population control,
    Just common-sense prevention,
    In which you can play a role.

    Take the vaccination,
    Think of others when you do,
    And perhaps remember that this world,
    Is not all about you.

    Random Poet

    June 3, 2021 at 4:56 pm


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