Stop maximum rent charges for people in temporary housing on the Homeless Register
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People on the Homeless Register in temporary accommodation are charged the maximum housing benefit equivalent as rent by Councils. These people, the most vulnerable in society, have to pay significantly more than regular Council tenants in similar properties, often three times the rent than their neighbours in the same block in an identical flat.
Temporary Accommodation tenants (TA) are dissuaded from taking up even part time, minimum wage employment when their housing and Council Tax benefit is drastically reduced or taken away and they end up in arrears. They are eventually evicted for trying to improve their circumstances. Many of these TAs are fleeing domestic abuse with their children or are caring for disabled children and have had to leave their careers. They are vilified by society as 'scroungers' but, when they try to return to work and become contributing members of society, they risk losing their homes.
A TA living in a one bed flat pays more in one week than a regular Council tenant in the same block or in a three bedroom house in the same street. This must stop. It is morally wrong for the Councils to discriminate against homeless people by charging them more than other tenants. It is morally wrong to actively prevent people from taking up employment by imposing financial hardship on them if they do. This must stop.
Please - instead of judging these people for 'living on your taxes', help open the door for them to be able to pay their own taxes and support themselves by breaking down the barriers to employment that the Councils have created to generate additional income revenue - stop this exploitation.
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