Homelessness, Housing, Newsletters, Welfare to Work

On yer Bike!! be prepared to move

The Coalition government has announced steps to cut welfare payments, a cap on housing benefit and tougher health checks for those on Disability Living Allowance etc…

In this weeks Sunday Telegraph the Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith announced that he would bring forward proposals to make the workforce more mobile.

Firstly, in order to tackcle the effects of the ‘Benefits Trap’ he plans to address the problems caused by the harsh withdrawal of benefits once someone secures a job. IDS wants to remove this disincentive.

Secondly, – and the most headline grabbing is- “In Britain we have workforces that are locked to areas and the result of that is we have over five and a half million people of working age who simply don’t do a job,”

“Often they are trapped in estates where there is no work … We have to look at how we get that portability, so that people can be more flexible, can look for work….”

Iain Duncan Smith’s plans will focus on incentives rather than compulsion

Thirdly, IDS also announced that he would like to move elderly couples  whose children had left home and who no longer needed a two or three bedroom house into smaller residence to make way for couples with young children.

“We have tons of elderly people living in houses which they cannot run and we’ve got queues of desperate people with families who are living in one and two-bedroom houses and flats,” he said

See our report last week

Is this an opportunity for providers?

I am not sure that this policy will see the full light of day! but just in case it does; this may be an opportunity for providers working in and with the Housing sector to begin looking at how they could provide support and assistance in this area.

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