Increasing the housing supply and helping vulnerable tenants
The Conservatives have announced proposed changes to the Local Housing Allowance aimed at increasing the supply of housing and helping the most vulnerable tenants.
Grant Shapps, the Shadow Housing Minister, explained that under a Conservative government tenants will be able to choose to have their housing allowance paid direct to landlords instead of themselves.
Most of this type of property is all ready taken. Try looking at the statistics of available property in anything that resembles affordable. Unless we are talking squats or slums. Was it not Maggie who put out the right to buy policy but forgot to put anything in it’s place for the future generations.?You are the root cause of the problem in the first place.
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There was an incident today on the Valley estate. Can i ask anyone who witnessed anything at around 10.20 to call the Police or drop me a line. If we allow people to commit crime and not inform our local Police we will never beat the people who are making residents life a misery. I have not described the incident in detail but some one would have seen what happened.
Last month i received a Phone call over the disgraceful charges being put on the residents at the Valley community centre. With my two ward colleagues we have helped at every occasion when asked to do so, and we support the centre 100%.
On receipt of the call i contacted the Director of SCL a none profit group who run the valley. I spoke with John Merry i still await any answer over my concerns. My son as raised numerous questions, i have written to the Lead member at the council and on Thursday we are meeting with Senior officers from the council over the issue i have been in contact with the press, they have sent someone to talk with the residents. And last night i received a call saying we are doing nothing over the issue.As a councillor i have fought many cases and won, some i have lost, but last nights call i felt was unfair and unjust, i have allways said this job as it’s ups and down. Last night was one of the downs.
Published by Hannah Wooderson for 24dash.com in Central Government
Monday 26th October 2009 – 9:39am
Benefits reforms are ‘family friendly’
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Welfare reforms forcing single parents to look for work or risk losing benefits are “family friendly”, Work and Pensions Secretary Yvette Cooper said today.
From today, lone parents whose youngest children are aged 10 or 11 will be switched from Income Support to the tougher Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) which is paid at the same rate but requires them to attend fortnightly JobCentre interviews and show they have applied for jobs or lose benefits.
New immigration plan rewards return to home country
Borders Minister Phil Woolas today defended Labour’s immigration policy after charges it had been designed to put pressure on the Conservatives.
Shadow home secretary Chris Grayling urged Mr Woolas to “put the record straight” over the reason for the “very rapid increase” in immigration.
The Daily Mail has reported claims by former Labour adviser Andrew Neather that the Government’s immigration policy was “a deliberate attempt to engineer a truly multicultural country”.
Mr Grayling said it would be “utterly disgraceful” for ministers to base immigration policy on party politics.
But Mr Woolas said he did not know what report Mr Grayling was referring to.
During Commons question time, Mr Grayling said: “We heard over the weekend some pretty controversial comments from a former advisor to this Government about its immigration policy.
“Can I invite you to put the record straight – what was the motivation behind the very rapid increase in immigration under this Government?”
Mr Woolas pointed to the 1961 Immigration Act as bringing “significant increases” in immigration.
He added: “The most significant milestone in the history of migration policy since the Second World War in my view was the abolition of border controls in 1994.
“Do you now support the border controls that we have put back into place?”
Mr Grayling said Mr Woolas had “made no attempts” to answer the question.
“Would it not be utterly disgraceful for any Government to decide immigration policy not in the interests of the country but in the interests of a political party – and was that what happened?”
Mr Woolas replied: “I don’t know to whom you are referring or to what reports you are referring to.
“But if you want to take the views of somebody with a political motivation then that is up to you.
“But I repeat the point – that this Government has reintroduced border controls, electronic borders, despite the opposition from you.
“It’s no good you sitting there, shaking your head and smirking about it.”
Mr Woolas was also challenged about figures which suggested the UK’s population could rise to more than 71 million by 2033.
Tory Philip Davies (Shipley) asked whether ministers were “happy” with a 10 million increase “or do you agree with me that the Government should be doing everything it can to make sure immigration does not reach those levels?”
Mr Woolas said the Office of National Statistics made it clear the 10 million increase was a “projection based on previous years and not a forecast” which could be affected by Government action.
Tory James Clappison (Hertsmere) also raised the issue, asking: “Is it your case that the UK population will not reach 70 million?”
Mr Woolas said: “The Government has not got a policy on what the birth rate of our population or death rate of our population should be in 15 years’ time.”
But, he added: “Our migration policy is already paying dividends