Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
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Now you might be forgiven for thinking this is an over sensationalised headline to grab your attention. Well I’m sorry to burst your bubble because it isn’t!
This evening I read the PDF Fact Sheet which is linked from Ben Reeve-Lewis’ article entitled “Housing Benefit Newsflash”.
The fact sheet is produced by the NHAS (National Homeless advice Service) and has been distributed to all “Housing Advisors and Support Workers in England’s Statutory and voluntary services”.
With effect from January 2012, single benefits claimants between the age of 25 and 35 will only be able to claim LHA (housing benefits) equal to the cost of living in a shared house. However, if they are judged to be a danger to society, they may well be entitled to claim extra benefits in order to be able to afford to live in a self contained one bedroom property.
The following quote, in italics is taken directly from the NHAS guide:-
"The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) circular on Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit – HB/CTB A12-2011 (Revised) – exempts a further two groups of young people from the Shared Accommodation Rate applying to them. They are:
These categories are very specific and, by definition, may affect relatively few claimants. They are included in the Government’s HB Regulation 2(1) definition of ‘young individual’ and both exempt only those aged over 25 but under 35 years who live alone, enabling them to live in self-contained accommodation where previously a Housing Benefit claim only afforded them to share accommodation with others. The new Shared Accommodation Rate exemptions are in addition to existing ones."
Is it right that a violent criminal who has just got out of prison after serving a 15 year stretch, having paid no taxes and proven to be a danger to society should be entitled to live in a one bed self contained flat, at further expense of the taxpayer, when 34 year olds who have worked all their lives, paid their taxes and recently lost their jobs have to make do with a shared room in a shared house?
Is it any wonder why people turn to rioting?
If you doubt what I’m telling you it’s all documented in this PDF
What do you think?
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