- Benefit sanctions hitting homeless people hardest. Homeless Link has commissioned a report called A High Cost to Pay (pdf) that highlights the difficulties of the most vulnerable people in attending benefit dependant interviews. There is a call for Jobcentre Plus advisors to better understand the predicament of homeless people. Homeless Link found that the sanctions are punishing vulnerable people for making mistakes.
- ‘Guaranteed safeguards’ are failing payday loan customers. Citizens Advice Bureau responds to the BBC article Payday lenders bite back: ‘Don’t call us loan sharks’ saying that the safeguards are not maintained. Not only that but the policy of collecting debts at source encourages unwise lending.
- Bedroom tax crisis: Ed Miliband commits to controversial benefit cut – if Labour wins the next election. Independent. Labour committed to ditching the benefit alteration.
- More than 50,000 people are now facing eviction after bedroom tax. Independent. False Economy provided the data to the Independent from their FOI requests. False Economy is an organisation believing that austerity measures are a false economy so will not solve the economic crisis.
- Free school meals: we are all socialists now. Guardian, Patrick Butler’s cutsblog. The decision to give 1.4m children free meals is a universal socialist policy rather than the haunt of the Lib Dems, who proposed it.
- You can starve on benefits in this country. A Girl called Jack. Blogger Jack Monroe, once a single mum on benefits, starts her column in the Guardian.
- I am prouder of my years as a single mother than of any other part of my life J K Rowling said. J K Rowling is the President of Gingerbread, the support organisation for single mothers.
Sharing a room with her four year old disabled son, Brenda*, a single mother from Ladywood, is just one of the 37,000 households in Birmingham living in congested conditions, making the West Midlands responsible for almost half of families living in overcrowded accommodation across the country.
With an increasing demand for properties and an acute shortage of social housing, the idea of taxing council tenants who maintain a spare room seems reasonable, but a closer investigation into the matter by a team of Birmingham journalists reveals that this taxation may not only be affecting society’s most vulnerable but also adding to a worsening housing situation. Continue reading