The government announcement on support for renters over the winter is the top news – and my pick of the articles on it is Shelter’s response.
Tweet of the week
The two-child limit is certainly the worst social policy enacted in my lifetime. Unique to UK. If anyone can identify the mendacious bastard that came up with the idea. Please tell me. He/she will surely rot in hell. https://t.co/fFbtIPS70Y
— Jonathan Bradshaw (@ProfJBradshaw) September 10, 2020
- Government sets out comprehensive support for renters this winter gov.uk – my verdict: very disappointing.
- ‘No DSS’ judgment and no evictions over christmas Nearly Legal: A ‘truce’? This is not the trenches in 1914.
- Reprieve for renters facing eviction in England and Wales Guardian: The measures appeared to confirm fears among homelessness and renter campaign groups that the government would not be persuaded into a more permanent U-turn to protect renters who lost income during the spring and summer lockdown and so were issued eviction notices by their landlords.
- Shelter responds to government announcement on support for renters over winter Shelter: these measures won’t protect the renters served notice before August, who could still face automatic eviction after the eviction ban ends in ten days. And for renters served notice after August, the measures simply delay the threat of homelessness.
- Council tenants’ rent debts increase £20,000 A WEEK in pandemic York News: the authority is set to put aside £80,000 to help its tenants pay off spiralling debts – but more money could be set aside if residents continue to struggle.
We need to come together and save Scotland’s vital Citizens Advice Bureau The Herald: Glasgow’s CAB and law centres might have been saved for now, but the sector shouldn’t have to exist in a constant state of uncertainty, poised to fight for its future at any moment.
CfRC identifies £50 million in social value for Fair for You Responsible Credit: providing fair, decent, and flexible loans to help low income families obtain essential household items including beds, cookers, fridges, and washing machines.
Crime agency under fire over bank signature forgery BBC: The National Crime Agency is facing criticism for failing to investigate reports alleging that banks forged signatures and fabricated evidence in court actions to repossess homes.
No-deposit renting could be a debt trap for tenants Time (paywall): “a Fronted loan [at 12.5%] was less risky than an unsecured consumer loan.” – an unclear article – why isn’t this loan a normal unsecured loan?
Sick Pay and Debt TUC: Without action, it’s clear that the low rate of SSP could force those with symptoms, and those told to self-isolate, to choose between going into debt or going into work due to fear of facing financial hardship if they don’t.
Benefits & other news
Autumn Budget: keep doing the right thing and keep the £20 lifeline JRF points out what should be obvious to everyone (except possibly the DWP and the Treasury): Now is the moment to help families stay afloat not cut them adrift.
Government’s ownership focus completely misses the real need in the market and the economy Inside Housing: a bleak picture of fewer new social homes and declining re-lets at the same time as growing waiting lists and a huge increase in temporary accommodation.
No DSS: Second Shelter court case confirms disabled dad-of-four was discriminated against for receiving housing benefit Shelter: It’s senseless that people who can afford private rents are being forced into homelessness by blind prejudice.
HALF of final salary pension transfers since the Covid-19 outbreak have tell-tale signs that savers are being scammed, warn fraud experts Mail: This trend may be a result of people urgently wanting to get at their savings due to current economic conditions.