No DHP for bedroom tax households after July 2015

Patrick Sudlow:

We can see a lot of people becoming homeless in the #ManCityCouncil area, on top of the already high level of homelessness. And as the author points out, it was #Labour’s policy as well!

Originally posted on SPeye Joe (Welfarewrites):

Tenants affected by the bedroom tax and all social landlords need to take note that it is highly unlikely any discretionary housing payments (DHP) will be given to bedroom tax cases after July this year.

The reason is the inevitable consequence of the reduction in the benefit cap and all local councils will have no choice but to divert DHP to benefit cap cases and away from bedroom tax cases and this also means that the majority of DHP awards will go to the private tenant not the social tenant.

Local councils are given DHP money from central government and they are free to spend 1% or 100% of it on bedroom tax or benefit cap or LHA cap and frankly, whatever they deem to be the priority.

The reduced benefit cap means private landlords will seek to evict all families on benefit firstly and soon to be followed by social…

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Why housing campaigns are flogging a dead house

Patrick Sudlow:

You are correct Joe, with even Shelter pushing the need for more affordable homes! In 100% controlled Labour, the council has continued its demolition of perfectly ‘fit-for-purpose’ council homes. To make way for ‘homes-to-buy’, which are built to the lowest energy efficiency. So that property developers, like Tom Bloxham of Urban Splash can accumulate more wealth, at the tax payers expense. Despite the fact, there is over 5,000 empty dwellings in Manchester. And as you state, the social housing sector has done nothing, to highlight the nonsense actions by the council.
Richard Leese, the council leader thinks building more ‘home-to-buy, will bring more young professionals into Manchester. Manchester is already, one of the most deprived areas in the UK. It has the lowest life expectancy for males and third for females. 60% of people who work in Manchester, come from outside Manchester. Therefore, we have high unemployment, in some areas it is 55%, who are ‘economically inactive’. Homelessness, is increasing because of social cleansing, but even the young professionals are finding it difficult to make ends meet.
The big problem in Manchester, is that the electorate are not voting. Lucy Powell elected as MP, with only a 28% turn-out. A recent council election, the turn-out was 11% and this is an area, which has undergone “Regeneration”.

Originally posted on SPeye Joe (Welfarewrites):

Social n. – of or relating to people NOT to bricks and mortar!  

We need more houses! We need more housing! We need more social housing! We need more genuinely affordable social housing! Lets shout about it we have a shortage of supply!!!  And all the while the social rented sector carries as its narcissistic want and outrage.

All perfectly valid points yet all issues of or relating to landlords not to tenants or customers or what really matters PEOPLE.

Strange how you replace the word council in front of the word housing with the word social yet fail to see be able to see what that means!

Social housing is in the people business not the bricks and mortar business and the welfare reform policies which now dictate social housing have not only hammered that home, they have used a sledgehammer to do so. Yet still the blindfold is on social housings leaders…

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The 2.25 Million Hidden Unemployed People Reveals The Stark Truth: There’s No Fucking Jobs

Patrick Sudlow:

Something I have trying to get over to people, there is no work out there for people. So, politicians should be looking at ‘Prosperity without Growth’, changing the system completely. Instead of promising this will jobs and that will brings jobs, when there are few jobs about.

Originally posted on the void:

jc-tweets1jean1 A senior DWP manager has a motivational meltdown on twitter.

According to the latest statistics there are currently 1.84 million unemployed people.  There are also 1.3 million people working part time because they cannot find a full time job.  Nearly half a million people who are officially employed work less than six hours a week.  Over 100,000 so-called employed people are actually on unpaid workfare.

But even this only tells half the truth about the number of under and unemployed people in the UK.  There are a staggering 2.25 million people who are ‘economically inactive’ and want a job but who are not included in the unemployment figures.  That means the true number of unemployed people, if unemployed is defined as not having a job and wanting one – which is how it should be fucking defined – is over four million.

The reason you never hear of the missing…

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These are all the countries where the US has a military presence

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Patrick Sudlow:

Despite #USA rhetoric about past European colonisation, they appear to being a good job in the colonisation of the World!

Originally posted on Quartz:

This item has been corrected. 

On Mar. 24, US president Barack Obama announced that all 9,800 US troops currently stationed in Afghanistan will remain until the end of 2015. This generated a fair amount of criticism: it was, after all, Obama’s promise that the last American troop would leave the country in 2014.

Those expecting the US to leave Afghanistan, however, should take a minute to consider this: the US still hasn’t left Germany. In fact, there are quite a few places the US hasn’t left, and while certainly most of them don’t pose a threat to American soldiers, they reveal a pattern about the US staying, rather than leaving.

According to official information provided by the Department of Defense (DoD) and its Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) there are still about 40,000 US…

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How I discovered a coffee pot was making my patient sick

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Patrick Sudlow:

Unfortunately, it is very difficult to get away from plastics, they are ever where. Especially if you shop at supermarkets, everything is just about covered in the seemingly harmless, fossil-fuel derived and non-biodegradable substance. If you look at a number of organic drinks, they come in glass bottles, not in plastic containers. Organic fruit and vegetables are sold loose, with paper bags being available. It is difficult to get away from it, but you can reduce your exposure.

Originally posted on Quartz:

The evidence for the health benefits of coffee may be growing, but what if your coffee pot were contributing to chronic disease?

A recent patient of mine fit this picture. She was having troublesome symptoms that looked classically perimenopausal, but also suffered from a worsening skin condition that left bumps on her shins. She asked me if there might be a common cause.

I listened carefully for clues—food sensitivities, a low vitamin D level, uterine fibroids, an autoimmune disease. I ordered tests and asked her to begin an elimination diet (avoiding wheat, dairy, soy, citrus, and eggs) and keep a symptom record. I also gave her my environmental handout, which covers a wide range of recommendations like avoiding artificial fragrances and insecticides.

Twelve days later when I called to check in, she exclaimed, “I think I figured it out! It’s the coffee!”

My patient was savvy about environmental chemical exposures; she regularly…

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City Villages – the wrong solution to London’s housing crisis

Patrick Sudlow:

I wonder if Andrew Adonis has been taking lessons of, Labour leader of Manchester City Council? Hundreds of council homes, most only built in the 1970, some only having been refurbished. To be replaced mostly by ‘homes-to-buy’, for the educated, young professionals. We now have over 5,000 empty dwellings, with over 2,600 being long-term empty ( 2013). With a very large housing waiting list, in 2012, more than 16,000. What is it about our politicians and their supporters, both Labour and Conservative, that there is an urgent requirement for council homes at affordable rents?

Originally posted on Red Brick:

Last week on Red Brick we discussed a series of essays edited by Lord Andrew Adonis for the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) proposing the transformation through redevelopment of existing council estates into ‘City Villages’.

Duncan Bowie has written the following analysis and detailed critique of the report. Duncan writes in a personal capacity but is convenor of the Highbury Group on Housing Delivery – an independent group of specialists from public, private and independent sectors from housing, planning and related professions which prepares proposals for Government – as well as being a member of the EC of London Labour Housing Group. He has worked in London housing and planning for many years, including for Ken Livingstone when he was Mayor.

The wrong solution to London’s housing crisis

By Duncan Bowie

Andrew Adonis’s introductory chapter seeks to describe the housing crisis in London and propose that the shortage…

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The sheer bloody lunacy of RTB and welfare reform (sic) – They cost the taxpayer MORE

The UK is becoming another Edwardian Britain, as depicted in Robert Tressell’s The_Ragged-Trousered_Philanthropists.  Unfortunately, Labour are just as much to blame, as they never overturned Conservative policies concerning council housing, during their 13 years in Government.  In fact, Labour controlled councils, like Manchester City Council, were happy to rid themselves of council housing.  They demolished hundreds, just so, ‘homes-to-buy’ could be built, resulting in many being put up for private rent.  We have over 5,000 empty dwellings in Manchester, with a long waiting list for social housing.

The sheer bloody lunacy of RTB and welfare reform (sic) – They cost the taxpayer MORE.

Professor Wessely: Knocking the Docs & Overstepping the Mark

Patrick Sudlow:

Vested interests who are trying to influence our benefit system!

Originally posted on downwithallthat:

I feel that my last post ended on a somewhat cryptic note  regarding Professor Wessely, and that I need to support the claim I made about the  undermining of physical medical authority within his ‘doctrine’. This I feel I have previously done to an certain degree with regard to Professor Aylward and his colleagues (here and here), though the potential certainly exists for more to be highlighted.

An insight into what could be termed the ‘under-the-radar‘ approach to undermining the integrity of medical personnel, such as GPs, is provided by Professor Wessely’s article for Unum’s Annual Chief Medical Officer’s Report 2007 entitled “Why and When do Doctors Collude With Patients?” (The CMO for this publication was Michael O’Donnell, now occupying the same role with Atos Healthcare.)

Subtle But Significant

This notion may seem to be introduced with apparent goodwill, even humour, but the important fact…

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The Tory plan to hit 515,000 social housing pensioners with the bedroom tax

Patrick Sudlow:

Can things get any worse for the poorer members of England’s society

Originally posted on SPeye Joe (Welfarewrites):

Today the Daily Telegraph ran an article about the bedroom tax.  The link is here and is a must read. They even called it the ‘bedroom tax’ and this is as serious as it gets for ALL pensioners and for all social landlords.

DO NOT think this is just the mixed-age pensioner couples being hit by the bedroom tax as is well known to be the policy under Universal Credit, this Tory plan in the Daily Torygraph is not about the 70 – 90,000 estimated to be mixed-age pensioner couples, this is about the bedroom tax being applied to 515,000 pensioners who under occupy in social housing.

Let me say that again this plan, the Tory plan is to hit 514,800 pensioners with the bedroom tax.

To explain and to prove that huge figure is simple and is not hyperbole or scaremongering or anything else from me at all…

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What is the difference for benefit claimants between a sanction, a disallowance and a suspension of benefits?

Patrick Sudlow:

So people who are in need of benefits, get them stopped, if there is any doubt, to stop over-payments? The same as sanctioning someone, who is out of work and needs benefits? This is just causing more deprivation amongst the already deprived. Whilst the rich, avoid and/or evade paying their fair share of tax!

Originally posted on

At times it is easy to get confused about what a Benefit Sanction is compared to a Disallowance of Benefits or  Supsension of Benefits. Today the DWP responded to an FOI request thus:

What is the difference for benefit claimants between a sanction, a disallowance and a suspension of benefits?

How does each of these actions affect entitlement to Housing Benefit on grounds of low or nil income?

Sanction: This has the effect of either reducing benefit or terminating entitlement to benefit consequent on a claimant taking or failing to take action contrary to commitments entered into both when claiming a relevant benefit and as amended during the award: eg. not applying for work, or refusing to attend a training course when in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

Disallowance: This applies where a claim for benefit does not meet the conditions of entitlement for the benefit claimed –…

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