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Cap threatens to force poor people out of their homes

Issue No. 2353

Households will find their benefits capped at £500 a week from July in many councils, with four London boroughs already piloting the scheme. 

For many people in high rent areas this won’t cover the rent.

Housing associations including Genesis in Haringey, north London, are pre-emptively telling tenants in temporary accommodation that they will seek possession orders on their homes because their benefits may no longer cover their rent.

“It’s not right,” one Genesis tenant told Socialist Worker.

“We’re pensioners. We’ve lived here six and a half years. Now they’ve sent us notice that they want to seek a possession order and tell us to move.”

The council would be obliged to rehouse anyone moved in this way.

Cameron makes no sense

David Cameron admitted that forcing disabled people out of their homes with the bedroom tax often “doesn’t make sense”.

His comment came in response to tenant Iris Henderson in Cumbernauld, Scotland.

Iris had her home specially adapted for dwarfism. She is now being hit for £72 a month bedroom tax.

But Cameron’s words show the Tories are under pressure.


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