According to our Prime Minister housing benefit should be scrapped for the under 25 year olds that can’t afford to rent their own home.
In plans to target the unemployed or those on low incomes it might be proposed that you should be living with your parents if you can’t afford to pay for your own rent yourselves. This might be targeting the under 25’s but also it would have an impact on the parents.
If you are parents with a son or daughter on housing benefits, how would you feel to have them back home?
Approximately 400,000 low-paid and unemployed under 25’s would be expected to live with their parents if they cannot afford market rents saving the government and taxpayers just under 2 billion pounds a year, David Cameron said in an Mail on Sunday article.
While David Cameron said there would be exemptions to any ban on housing benefits for under 25’s in special cases like domestic violence, he also argued that the current benefits system reduces the incentives for people to get into paid work.
David Cameron is quoted as saying:
“The system currently sends the signal you are better off not working, or working less. It encourages people not to work and have children, but we should help people to work and have children,”
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How many of us who live in Social Housing work or have worked but chose not to buy their home. I worked, and worked hard, but chose not to buy my council house.
With the introduction of the Affordable Homes Programme and the majority of the homes built being up for rent – but NOT classed as Social Housing, was it a mistake not to buy? Even if it was a mistake, why should I be forced to buy? If I needed a larger home, I could apply to my landlord for a larger property couldn’t I? Not so easy because of the shortage of Social Housing Properties.
However, it seems to me that Mr Grant Shapps, the Minister for Housing, is a “Pro-Buy” Minister. Last week he announced changes for homeowners who need a larger property. He said, “For years increasing numbers of people have outgrown their homes but been unable to move, and first-time buyers have been unable to buy. They know who they are. Hardworking people who bought their home when they were single, maybe met someone, fell in love and now have a couple of kids. They expected to trade up – because that’s what their parents were able to do. But now they’re boxed-in, home outgrown. Stuck in a flat, when really want they want is a family home. The NewBuy Guarantee will give our second-time buyers a second chance, as this is the first scheme of its kind not confined to first time buyers, but available to anyone looking to buy a newly-built home. We don’t want Britain to be a place of housing have nots, we want people to have room to grow. The NewBuy Guarantee will do just that.”
Obviously only people who own their homes are hardworking because he sure as hell isn’t doing anything “innovative” to help those living in Social Housing that are trying to move to a bigger property. I am sick of Grant Shapps.
In case you want to know, The NewBuy Guarantee is not confined to first-time buyers but is designed to help anyone looking to buy a newly-built property – and is expected to help up to 100,000 prospective and current homeowners. Through this innovative new scheme, instead of a typical buyer requiring a £40,000 deposit to buy a £200,000 home, they will now only need £10,000. The scheme – which had its first sale this week – is available for homes of up to £500,000.
In Ealing, West London it has been discovered by Migrationwatch that 45% of social housing is occupied by unemployed foreigners.
Thousands of vacant properties in social housing are being allocated to people who have not yet paid anything into the system. Campaigners are now demanding that British citizens should be getting first choice as the waiting lists soar due to a shortage of affordable homes.
The Migrationwatch survey also found that approximately 43% of claimants for housing benefit in Haringey are immigrants and 20% in Wandsworth.
Millions of Brits are on the housing waiting lists with 350,000 of them in London. Many of the councils admit that they have no idea how many of their properties are allocated to foreign nationals.
Frank Field a labour m.p. said “For years we have been told British people on the waiting lists are getting a fair deal. Yet nobody has any idea how many new lettings are going to foreign nationals and how many to British citizens. This scandal must stop.”
The current government has said there will be an enquiry into this problem, and that they want to address the “unfair” system.
Are you a victim of this system or have any views on this? We would love to hear your comments.
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