Private landlords get more than £6.7 million in housing benefit from taxpayer, says Shepway District Council.
Housing, it’s all about housing. Shepway District Council wish to allow 26,292 new houses to be built in the district between now and 2030/35. That’s a 54% increase of houses in the district which currently stands at approximately 48,000, when we already live in an area where water is scarcer per person than it is per person in Morocco or Egypt
We need housing, we need social housing, truly “affordable” housing and local wages which allow local people to buy the housing, because the number of households receiving housing benefit to pay rent to private landlords has risen 42% since 2008, according to the National Housing Federation.
In Shepway in 2014/15 private landlords or their agents were paid a little over £2.6 million. And we have a market not just skewed towards landlords, but rigged by, and for them.
Today, the rented sector has become even more of a medieval fiefdom. Three million children are now in bad housing. The Conservatives voted against making housing fit for human habitation. Their MPs filibustered on revenge evictions. Their systematic running down of our social housing stock has ended in vast state subsidies to landlords via housing benefit, the cost of which is then punitively taken out on the poorest renters via the bedroom tax and benefit cap.
In 2015/16 In Shepway we paid to private Landlords or their agents close to £2.6 million.
Now young people could buy a house if they east less avocado toast, was the headline; which we personally find offensive. And talking of offensive, back in 2016, Conservative MPs voted against proposed new rules requiring private sector landlords to ensure their properties are fit for human habitation.
And in 2016/17 Shepway Landlords and/or their agents received a little over £2.4 million.
Housing Benefit is paid to households that cannot afford to meet their rental costs and have enough left over for essentials such as food, clothes, heating and lighting. Almost half the households in the private rented sector that receive housing benefit are in work, but not earning enough to cover the rent and living expenses, this includes sitting Councillors.
Inaction on low pay and high rents has meant that wages haven’t kept pace with housing costs, and so more people are struggling to afford their rent. This has meant huge growth in the number of working people now receiving housing benefit to help make ends meet and led to an overall increase in the B&B bill SDC pay.
Meanwhile both Chelsea Properties Limited and Richard John Overton who have offshore companies in Gibraltar and the British Virgin Islands respectively are doing very nicely out of Housing Benefit payments, and it is perfectly legitimate what they are doing.
A major cause of the ballooning housing benefit bill, according to experts, is the dearth of “affordable” housing. The number of “affordable” homes built in 2013/14 and 14/15 was the lowest in a decade – despite the UK’s population rising by five million over the past 12 years, a rate of growth unequalled anywhere in Europe.
This has meant that between 2014 – 2017 Shepway private landlords or their agents have received over £6.7 million in Housing Benefit payments.
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And I’ll add a message to those who can’t be “arsed” to vote
” You don’t get to moan afterwards because it will be YOUR fault ! “
And to every one who voted ….. Well done !!!!
Only problem is that the Nasty Party haven’t got the message clearly enough so I reckon we’ll be voting again in maybe 6 months where hopefully a decisive kick in the ballots would rectify the problem
All we need now is Tory Party rancour………and there’s rancour a-plenty in the Nasty Party……
Given that Labour had no hope of overtaking the Tories, why did anybody vote for them?. We are left with a government without overall majority and therefore somewhat fettered. It will change nothing but will make policy more protracted and tortuous.
The 30% who couldn’t be arsed to vote need culling. No doubt their Pub speak will be enlightening, and totally off message.
I don’t necessarily expect you to agree with my politics but do expect you to actually think about the way you intend to vote. Or, at this stage,have voted.