The Housing Bill is a major threat to the right of unemployed and low-waged people to stay living in London. Among its main proposals are:
- Enabling Housing Associations to sell off their homes, similar to the Councils Right To Buy schemes
- Introducing ‘Pay To Stay’ schemes that could force families in council flats with an overall income of £40,000 in London (£30,000 everywhere else) to pay the market rent
- Changing secure council tenancies to fixed contracts of 2-5 years, after which they could be evicted
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From Work and Benefits:
‘ MANDATORY WORK SCHEMES TO CLOSE
The government is axing mandatory work activity and community work placements. The announcement comes after years of protests and court action by claimants forced into unpaid work with no prospect of a job at the end.
The not so good news, however, is that a new scheme called the Work and Health Programme is to be introduced.
As one commentator has already suggested, this might be the beginning of attempts to force claimants into compulsory treatment programmes such as CBT or help to combat drug or alcohol misuse.’
SCHEMES DUE TO END MARCH/APRIL 2016. BUT JSA/ESA/Universal Credit claimants will still be under pressure to take ‘reasonable’ offers of work or training under threat of sanctions.
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