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Benefit Cap – a real example of Arbeit macht frei — SPeye Joe (Welfarewrites)

The BBC local news covered a story about “John” (not his real name) from Wirral in Merseyside who has had a Benefit Cap letter from the DWP The above is the letter or a screenshot of it from the BBC North West Tonight article that you can watch here – 40 seconds of misery – […] […]

New Overall Household Benefit Cap – coming very soon!

New Lower Overall Household Benefit Cap coming: please read this post if it’s the only thing from HOOH you ever read! On 7th November, the government begins to roll out the new Overall Household Benefit Cap.Under the new Cap, the maximum total benefits that a household can receive will be £384.62. (The limit for a […]

All DV refuges will close not just the 67% Women’s Aid say

Around 30% of women who flee domestic violence and abuse have no children and are under 35 years of age. Under this governments LHA maxima policy they will receive between £45 per week in housing b… Source: All DV refuges will close not just the 67% Women’s Aid say

The Benefit Cap in Leeds – a £93k PER DAY added cost to the council — SPeye Joe (Welfarewrites)

Last week I received details of the DWP scan from May 2016 which are the actual figures the DWP expects to be hit by the reducing overall benefit cap in Leeds. I strongly maintain the DWP figures are incredulously low and the actual number of households affected could double in Leeds and indeed nationally from […]

Update: press your councillors to oppose the Housing and Planning Act

Hands Off Our Homes is busy pressing our Council to join the campaign against the Housing and Planning Act. To do this we need all Leeds councillors to hear from as many concerned tenants and residents as possible. To help with this we have created a letter for people to send to their councillors or […]

Bedroom tax, room size & tenant power

Social tenants need to use their latent power to bring social landlords to account – All 5.04 million social tenant households in the UK have far more power than the 1500 or so social landlor… Source: Bedroom tax, room size & tenant power

The Great London Clearances: Decision Time

Originally posted on Joan Twelves:
  The House of Lords’ Amendments to the Housing Bill Such is the perversion of democracy in this country that the fate of working class homes is now in the hand of unelected peers and bishops. And such are the peculiarities of the British class system that, while our old Etonian…

Important correction, and update on the Housing Bill

Firstly, we need to let everyone know that the Spring General meeting of Leeds Tenants Federation is not at the Civic Hall as previously announced, but at Oxford Place, LS1 3AX. That’s between the town hall and the combined courts centre. The meeting is from 10am to 1pm. It will be an opportunity to raise questions about […]

Events this week, and help needed for stalls etc

Hi everyone, Firstly, a reminder that Hands Off Our Homes is planning two local public meetings – one in Armley at the Dennison Hall social club on 5th May, and one in Middleton at St Cross church hall on 12th May. Both events begin at 7pm. Our latest flyer gives a run-down of the issues […]

Upcoming meetings and help needed

Because of the looming threats to social housing from the Housing and Planning Bill, and the risks to social and private-sector tenants from planned benefit cuts, we are organising a new series of local public meetings, where people can learn about what’s happening and hopefully get involved in campaigning for the future of affordable housing. […]