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Helping for the homeless. - Page 15 - Carers UK Forum

Helping for the homeless.

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Glasgow council facing court action over lack of housing for homeless people.

Shelter Scotland seeking review of what it says is authority’s illegal denial of services.


https://www.theguardian.com/society/201 ... ess-people


Austerity has worsened both the causes and effects of homelessness.

Analysis : As the government vows to crack down on the supply of drugs, charities warn that addiction can be a consequence rather than a cause of homelessness, Lizzie Dearden writes.


https://www.independent.co.uk/independe ... 28476.html
Interlocks with two other ongoing threads :


Council spending on B&Bs for homeless families up 780% in a decade, figures show.

Campaigners warn families " Paying ultimate price for successive governments’ failure to build social homes " as figures show local authorities forced to spend £93.3 million on emergency B&B stays last year.



https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/h ... 52146.html
Cost of housing homeless families rises to more than £1 billion.

Almost third of urgent housing budget is spent on emergency bed and breakfasts, data shows.


https://www.theguardian.com/society/201 ... e-then-1bn
Salvation Army warns of winter deaths as homeless numbers rise.

Plummeting temperatures coupled with a lack of benefits and support services heighten fears of fatalities.



https://www.theguardian.com/society/201 ... hs-warning
At least 135,000 children in Britain to be homeless at Christmas.

Housing charity Shelter estimates that 183 children lose their homes every day.



https://www.theguardian.com/society/201 ... -christmas
The homeless death statistics are shocking – but the true total may be even higher.

Last year 726 people died on the streets of England and Wales. Pathologist Sebastian Lucas explains why the official numbers might be wrong.



https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019 ... ven-higher
Chris From The Gulag wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:42 am
At least 135,000 children in Britain to be homeless at Christmas.

Housing charity Shelter estimates that 183 children lose their homes every day.



https://www.theguardian.com/society/201 ... -christmas
I’m going to be controversial here but the homeless kids have parents so it’s down to the parents that they are homeless. Good tenants do not kicked out of rented homes. There are a lot who choose to NOT pay their rent but choose to spend it on what they fancy, whether its ciggies, booze, mobile phones, Sky TV, designer gear, takeaways etc.

I do feel very sorry for the kids having to live in B and Bs. Their parents need educating on budgeting their money and cooking healthy but economic meals.
Good tenants do not kicked out of rented homes.


Section 21 evictions have a lot to answer for ... just ask Brian :

https://www.carersuk.org/forum/support- ... sell-36112

I agree with the parents angle to a limited extent ... fathers not taking on parental responsibilities being the classic ... but the children ?

The largest growth by sector is with adults who are working ... as with those needing food banks ... the gap between the HA and HB is really biting nationally :

https://www.carersuk.org/forum/support- ... lems-34469


Locally , I deal with more working UC claimants than unemployed ones.

For many , they lose upto 40 - 45% in other benefits inside UC for every extra £1 earned ... highlighted on three other threads currently running.

Fluctuating earnings in a manor infected by UC is a recipe for disaster ... as more manors will discover once that UC steamroller recommences it's nationwide tour.

Needless to add , the shortage of affordable homes ... a problem that will NOT be solved ... for generations.
Chris From The Gulag wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:16 pm
Good tenants do not kicked out of rented homes.


Section 21 evictions have a lot to answer for ... just ask Brian :

https://www.carersuk.org/forum/support- ... sell-36112

I agree with the parents angle to a limited extent ... fathers not taking on parental responsibilities being the classic ... but the children ?

The largest growth by sector is with adults who are working ... as with those needing food banks ... the gap between the HA and HB is really biting nationally :

https://www.carersuk.org/forum/support- ... lems-34469


Locally , I deal with more working UC claimants than unemployed ones.

For many , they lose upto 40 - 45% in other benefits inside UC for every extra £1 earned ... highlighted on three other threads currently running.

Fluctuating earnings in a manor infected by UC is a recipe for disaster ... as more manors will discover once that UC steamroller recommences it's nationwide tour.

Needless to add , the shortage of affordable homes ... a problem that will NOT be solved ... for generations.
I do feel for Brian, I really do but we don’t know why his landlord needs to sell his rental property. They could be ill, they could be in need of the money for their retirement, they may be moving abroad. There could be loads of reasons and they don’t have to be nasty ones.

Not all Landlords are horrible.
Agreed.

I work occasionally with several through one of the major letting agencies in Worksop since Universal credit was rolled out.

Difficult decisions sometimes but ... section 21 notices ... kept to a minimum , and definitely as a last resort.

( If tenants in receipt of benefits were denied a b.t.l. tenancy around here , there would be chaos ... very few prospective tenants would qualify ! )


Having said that , a relativity poor manor ... tenants who pay their rent on time at a premium.

B.T.L. tenanted properties continue to command higher prices than vacant ones ... even at £ 80 / 90,000 for a two bedroomed property beyond the pockets of most.

Most pay more in rent than they would in mortgage repayments ... but still would not qualify for a mortgage.

The key is good paid , constant , work ... rare in Worksop ... one has to travel into Lincoln / Sheffield / Nottingham ... perhaps even Chesterfield ... for that.

I dread to think what it maybe like in richer areas with different parameters.
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