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SALFORD SNAPSHOT OF BENEFIT HORRORS SEES ONLY ONE PERSON PAYING FULL HOUSING RENT
 

Star date: 11th April 2017

SALFORD UNIVERSAL CREDIT AND BENEFIT CAP TIMEBOMB

A Salford City Council report on Pendleton gives a snapshot of the benefit horrors being rained on the poorest sections of the community by the Tory Government's so-called 'welfare reforms'.

Of 34 Pendleton people in social housing and now on Universal Credit or subject to the benefit cap, only one is managing to make full rent payments. Meanwhile, overall current tenant arrears in Pendleton stand at 267,714, the main reasons being low income, Bedroom Tax and debt...

Full details here...


A snapshot of the affects of the Tory Government's so-called 'welfare reforms' shows the full horror of what's about to hit Salford's poorest sections of the community.

A report on the latest developments in the Pendleton Together project, to be discussed by Salford City Council today, has a section on 'Income Collection' which makes scary reading and hints at the benefit timebomb that's about to hit the rest of the city.

In Pendleton 28 families in social housing are claiming Universal Credit and six are affected by the benefit cap. Out of those 34 households the report states that "only one customer is making complete rent payments".

Universal Credit puts all benefits into one lump sum, and it can be six weeks before the first payment is made, putting people into debt before they have even started receiving anything.

Meanwhile, in Pendleton, the report shows that tenant arrears, at 28th February this year, stood at 267,714, while former tenant arrears totalled 306,347. It gives the figures for arrears at 31st January, of which over 180,000 was people falling behind six months or less with the rent; while the total amount that tenants fell more than six months behind was over 82,000.

The report adds that "Pendleton Together have advised that the main reasons for arrears cases relate to; low income, Bedroom Tax, benefit cap, other debts, transition of benefits, substance dependency and domestic abuse where there is a financial element to the abuse..".

Back in 2012 the Salford Star obtained an internal Salford Council report detailing the possible effects of future Government welfare cuts. It stated there would be "increased indebtedness; increased arrears of rent and Council Tax; increased use of high interest lenders and loan sharks; increased homelessness presentations and homes at risk of possession; fewer people with contents insurance; fewer people with savings; higher levels of depression and mental health problems" (see here).

This latest snapshot of what's going down in Pendleton certainly shows how the horrors have come to pass. And underlines research quoted in the city's anti-poverty strategy by Salford's Financial Inclusion Practitioners Group and the University of Salford which showed that "rent arrears across all housing providers is on the increase with the implementation of Universal Credit seen as a key driver as people on the lowest incomes are expected to budget over a monthly period".

Beneath the nice, shiny refurbishment of Pendleton, a Tory Government inspired nightmare is being played out...


See also previous related Salford Star articles...

Pendleton Rents To Go Up As Extortionate PFI Payments Criticised - click here

Pendleton Gentrification Slammed By UID - click here

Salford Housing Lead Member Wins Affordable Housing Hypocrisy Award - click here


Sharon Hooley (Independant Housing Advocate & Activist) wrote
at 18:48:03 on 12 April 2017
This is horrendous. It scares the hell out of me as I am on benefits too. I do hope the situation gets better and fast. It's no wonder there are more homeless people on the streets and I've noticed they are more or less physically and mentally disabled.

Red Alert wrote
at 10:44:54 on 11 April 2017
It's a disgrace , the buck stops with our local councillors ,Mp's, and the current batch of idiots who are akin to mushrooms running the sweet shop at number 10 downing street , whilst the candidates for Manchester Mayor remain silent on this eauality

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