New controls needed

First published in Letters by

I SUPPORT letters recently sent to The Press highlighting the numbers of people who could be made homeless when the latest benefits cuts are implemented.

Much has been made by the Government’s spin doctors about the huge amounts of money paid to people living in the private rented sector.

However, it seems to have escaped notice that the real recipients of these ever-growing amounts of taxpayers’ money are not the tenants in the private market, but the landlords, agents and other bodies who, following Margaret Thatcher’s disastrous policy of selling off social housing, have jumped on to this lucrative area of investment.

Last week, in response to a request for legislation to control conditions in the private rented areas, David Cameron opposed the notion because he said “this would lead to a lowering of standards”.

Yes, there are good standards to be found in the private rented sector, but only if you pay a higher rent than a comparable mortgage repayment.

There are many more sub-standard properties where three or four young people share a property paying more than £1,000 a month in rental charges, plus other charges.

Controls are urgently needed, in conjunction with the provision of more social housing.

Liz Edge, Parkside Close, York.

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10:16am Wed 23 Jan 13

The Great Buda says...

There is a whole generation trapped in rented housing. Paying over the odds for a box who have nothing left to save for their own house.

Shelter is a basic human right, though not in this country it seems, as its out of reach for the majority.
There is a whole generation trapped in rented housing. Paying over the odds for a box who have nothing left to save for their own house. Shelter is a basic human right, though not in this country it seems, as its out of reach for the majority. The Great Buda
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3:59pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Matt_S says...

MPs are debating the cost of renting, letting agent fees etc tonight!

Contact your MP via Shelter to let your them know your thoughts:
http://action.shelte
r.org.uk/page/speako
ut/prs-debate
MPs are debating the cost of renting, letting agent fees etc tonight! Contact your MP via Shelter to let your them know your thoughts: http://action.shelte r.org.uk/page/speako ut/prs-debate Matt_S
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6:31pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Even AndyD says...

Letter doesn't mention the Tory abolition of the rent cap, which led to huge rents (especially in London) and seen public money going to private landlords at far greater levels than necessary.

Not that Labour escape blame - they had over a decade to reverse things and did nothing. Anyone who thinks we have a mainstream Socialist party now might want to reflect upon that and also who introduced those caring (ahem) ATOS people into the assessment process of our disabled.
Letter doesn't mention the Tory abolition of the rent cap, which led to huge rents (especially in London) and seen public money going to private landlords at far greater levels than necessary. Not that Labour escape blame - they had over a decade to reverse things and did nothing. Anyone who thinks we have a mainstream Socialist party now might want to reflect upon that and also who introduced those caring (ahem) ATOS people into the assessment process of our disabled. Even AndyD
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2:43am Thu 24 Jan 13

Magicman! says...

And then we have the 1% cap on all adult working-age benefits. This includes housing benefit, jobseekers, child benefit etc - but is combined with the government cutting funds to councils so that the rate of council tax benefit for people of working age is being abolished... what this means is that somebody who has been made redundant and is on jobseekers will get only an appitance of a benefit rise over the next three but will be whacked with having to now pay council tax, therefore completely oblitterating any rise in benefits and then some more too.

David Cameron, the sheriff of nottingham, is well on the way to setting up some Greece-style riots.
And then we have the 1% cap on all adult working-age benefits. This includes housing benefit, jobseekers, child benefit etc - but is combined with the government cutting funds to councils so that the rate of council tax benefit for people of working age is being abolished... what this means is that somebody who has been made redundant and is on jobseekers will get only an appitance of a benefit rise over the next three but will be whacked with having to now pay council tax, therefore completely oblitterating any rise in benefits and then some more too. David Cameron, the sheriff of nottingham, is well on the way to setting up some Greece-style riots. Magicman!
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