Housing Crisis, What Housing Crisis? Says Homelessness Charity Boss Jeremy Swain

killing-with-kindnessAn astonishing post from the boss of one of London’s largest housing charities shows how those paid a small fortune to represent homeless people are completely out of touch with the reality that their so-called ‘service users’ face.

Jeremy Swain is the boss of Thames Reach, one of the largest providers of emergency and temporary accommodation for single homeless people in London and the South East.  Recently he attended a meeting with Unemployment Minister Esther McVey, along with other highly paid charity chief executives and civil servants.

In his write up of this cosy affair you might have thought that the boss of a charity which works with the homeless people would tear into the Minister about the bedroom tax, the benefit cap or the current brutal benefit sanctioning regime. Possibly he might have mentioned that Boris Johnson’s housing strategy for London contains virtually no provision for desperately needed social housing.  He might even have offered a vicious condemnation of the current appalling policies aimed at people sleeping on the streets which amount to little more than police harassment of those without a home.  Surely at least he would mention soaring rents which are currently making much of the South East unaffordable for people on low incomes, or changes to housing benefits which force people under 35 to try and find a room in a shared house rather than self-contained accommodation.

But instead of this Jeremy writes on the Inside Housing website* that he is  concerned that parts of the homelessness industry “doggedly refuses to acknowledge successes” or makes it an “an article of faith that these are the worst of times” which may even “lead us into unquestioningly believing this to be true”.   There is no mention at all of the vicious welfare reforms which have already taken place, or of the carnage that is yet to come.

The latest rough sleeping figures show a shocking 37% leap in the number of people on the streets since this Government weren’t elected.  Statutory homelessness, which in practice largely means homeless families, remains at a relentlessly high level, despite changes to the law which means families can now be fobbed off into the expensive and insecure private sector rather than qualifying for social housing.  Jeremy is right that the number of families in temporary accommodation has fallen slightly since the obscene highs that were seen at times under the Labour Government.  But really, so fucking what.  As the Bedroom Tax begins to bite, and Discretionary Housing Payments run dry then things are set to get much worse, possibly even than we can yet imagine.

For those on low incomes, who are often in insecure housing to begin with, a crisis is taking place, but not one that will ever affect Jeremy’s pay packet.  Benefits are being stopped or sanctioned for the most trivial of reasons.  Atos assessments are driving people into both desperate poverty and ongoing despair.  Plans to strip Disability Living Allowance from a fifth of disabled people will only make things far worse, as will further cuts to housing benefits which will now shrink on an annual basis.  And throughout this onslaught a hate-filled campaign has emanated from the DWP and Esther McVey herself which has led to the most marginalised groups – exactly the type of people Thames Reach work with – being abused in both the national press and the streets.

The sad truth is that at heart Jeremy Swain and Esther McVey are both committed to the idea that poverty is a personal failing rather than a structural consequence of a capitalist economy.  That’s why Swain has remained obsessed with making Special Brew or cider more expensive, rather than tackling the causes of why so many people are drinking themselves to death.  Just like Iain Duncan Smith, Swain believes making poor people even poorer is the only way to bring them into line.

This is why he was also happy to lend Thames Reach’s name to the Killing With Kindness campaign which re-emerged last year and warned “well meaning people” not to give money to beggars because they might spend it on drugs.  In a breath-takingly nasty move, this campaign was launched over the Christmas period.  Give the money to us instead said Thames Reach, so Jeremy Swain can continue stuffing vol-au-vents down his neck and sucking up to murderous monsters like Esther McVey.  There’s a good living to be made from homeless people for charity chief executives after all.  And no need to derail the gravy train, and risk those lucrative Government contracts, by telling DWP ministers what you really think of their vile behaviour.

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57 responses to “Housing Crisis, What Housing Crisis? Says Homelessness Charity Boss Jeremy Swain

  1. Rosemarie Harris

    Don’t trust any so called charitys the ‘Boss’ is always paid a fortune so is out of touch with the people who have to use the service and of course it’s tax payers money they are given by the Government so they sell their soul (if they had one) and fuck anyone else!
    Mind you i couldn’t be in a room with Mc Vey if she is breathing, that voice….AAAhhhhhg

    • Absolutely correct Rosemary, and the same goes for the thousands of totally overpaid wankers in the ‘social housing’ fiasco! What a complete bloody joke that is!

    • At the risk of repeating myself.
      The IMF and the World Bank have their dirty little finger prints all over this coalitions austerity program. Be hind the scenes, the so called British government have accepted loans from American banks which require that ,all British assets are to be sold off to the lowest American bidder.
      China is now about to up the anti and try and outbid the Americans in the UK.
      We are up for auction ?
      Comment.

  2. That’s often an argument used – ‘they might spend it on drugs’ – without having a clue about the complex reasons why people use drugs in the first place. Of course, we all like to hope that the homeless will spend the money given to them on food or a hot drink but once again, it’s taking away the choices of the poorest. As if they shouldn’t be allowed to spend the money that’s given them on drugs, drink, or fags to deal or obliterate their misery and destitution.

    • moggy
      they make people lose their rag or cause people to become numb as one beats head against their political brickwall, with their constant wind up’s and it is quite deliberate….they distract ignore change subject and try to inject their word poison into peoples minds and constantly blame the victims of their abuse for reacting, we have no access to democracy…they hold power over one’s vitals the capitalist system is engineered this way, they attempt to readjust the conditionality frame…which is how they gain power to dominate…know that we are right and they are wrong…they have no integrity, they have sold it off….

      • Totally, obd. Blame the poorest, the most vulnerable, take away their last shred of power and choice, divert eyes from the real criminals, those who are hidden in their enclaves and not on display on the streets to be pissed on…

      • Agreed OBD, with the exception that we do have some, albeit very limited, access to democracy. Problem is that it would appear that voting apathy is most rife in those who are most oppressed….which always bloody amazes me!

        • max
          a “none of the above” box would prove that thesis incorrect…people are desperately keen to vote, except who for, it is no good simply voting for more of the same crap, that we have been served up for at least 3 decades now….

          • OBD….point taken, there is little choice at the moment, unless you want to vote for something even further right wing. But I can’t believe that not voting at all gets any of us anywhere. I’m just wondering how successful a ‘none of the above’ party would be at the next election btw……probably a bloody landslide victory! LOL. (With the exception of Chingford, of course!)

            • Left Unity would be a good option. Except will they have candidates standing in every constituency? Problem is this crass FPP system we have

        • Who to vote for? The real left wing parties are tiny.

    • Rose (not my real name)

      Agreed. If I give money to a homeless person, than frankly, I don’t give a fuck if they spend it on booze or drugs. I can go back to my warm bed – they can’t. Who am I to judge? If I was homeless, I’d probably be drunk all the time, too. It’s something that at least dulls the misery of being homeless.

  3. Yet one more person who has been placed into a position of trust, and has the power to help the victims of this government’s brutality… but chooses not to. One more filthy collaborator. One more shit eater who potentially has the power to change things for the better, and spare thousands of innocent people from unimaginable destitution and suffering.. but chooses to withhold that power, and simply roll over and play dead, anticipating a pat on the back from his paymasters.

    Fuck him, fuck all of them and all they represent. This is our world!

  4. There has to be a laboratory somewhere that is making these malignant, ideological fuckers on a production line.

    As long as they can stick their fingers in their ears, say “I can’t hear you” , “there are no anomalies, no problems, all is well” and “it is your own fault you are unemployed, disabled, ill” – they pass the inspection.

    Do they think that anyone with a central nervous system believes them?

    Their audacity is worthy of an entry in the Guinness Book of Records.

  5. More unbelievable fuckwittedness.

  6. @ Ulysses – Rumbled! You got me sussed :) This is one little ant that’s not going to stand for it much longer.

  7. Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog.

  8. Sustainable housing In the interest of humanity, they’ve been told they must go.

  9. Reblogged this on Still Oaks and commented:
    Extracted from the same mould as John Bird then….

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-436807/Big-Issue-founder-says-lock-homeless.html

  10. for the record all charities are big business only and as for helping anyone is always at random and no one could ever say for sure if help is forthcoming it’s a complete lottery on who may get help

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  12. My husband and I lived in London for 20 years. At first we had an affordable bedsit. Then the landlord “upgraded” by putting a wall down the middle and calling it a one bed flat. For a space that left us with standing room only we paid double the rent and rates on top, along with annual rent increases and administration charges that leapt by up to fifty percent each year. Fine. We were in work. Then husband got cancer and I got arthritis. At the point where our earnings dropped drastically I found our accommodation costs were taking 100 percent of either mine or my husbands income. We left to go up North in 2011.

  13. I am absolutely appalled… and speechless

  14. I was just looking at a job vacancy posted by a cancer charity stating excellent working conditions in city centre office. It isn’t like the old days when decent retired men and women would rattle a tin in front of you in all weather conditions hoping you would put a few coins in it. Now we have young students on commission if they can sign you up to a direct debit to pay pounds every month. It’s all money making to pay for great salaries and flashy offices.

    • I can guarantee you my post above is spot on word for word and if you give money to a charity your either a fool or you have had help in the past

      i myself have often asked for charity help for other people in major need and the answer has always been on the lines of we don’t serve the area where that person lives sorry at best to their descriptors are not what we deal with at worse

  15. Big,fat tummied Range-Rover driving Waitrose pigs.

  16. Landless Peasant

    What a set of cunts. One answer = REVOLUTION.

  17. Obi Wan Kenobi

    Regarding the new ‘Help To Work’ or CWP’S – The DWP is taking a massive gamble on this programme that it won’t be challenged in a court of law – well, obviously it will on the grounds that even courts don’t hand down sentences that sevre for minor infrations of the law.

    IDS thinks he is now above the ‘LAW’ on matters like this – I as most of the entirity of anyone on any kind of benefit can’t wait for the next 12 months to pass as quickly as possible.

    At this point when the Conservative Party are out of business for the forseable future, at least 10 million people will rejoice and the Labour Party had better do a full and legal investigation of Iain Duncan Smith’s activities whilst he was in his position of Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions – for the term of May 2010 to May 2015.

    Anything less would be a crime against humanity!

    • Landless Peasant

      They’ve got it all stitched up. There seems to be some get-out clause whereby the internationally-agreed legal definition of Slavery doesn’t apply to domestic employment schemes. WTF?

  18. Labour will continue Tory policies, spending plans and welfare reform, because they began it as far back as 2005, starting the Bedroom Tax and could hae defeated it if 47 MPs including Ed Balls had bothered to go against it, which was lost by only 26.

    Labour has no interest in pensions or pensioners either, going along with the Pension Bill and Flat Rate Pension 2016 that leaves women especially with nil income in old age. See here if you lose most or all of your state pension: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/state-pension-at-60-now

    • Put this here so hopefully people will read it. Another death chalked up to butchers ATOS. Read the horrific treatment this man had to put up with and remember; they may have quit the contract but their name is forever etched in stone as an example of the cruelty inflicted on to people for the crime of being ill and unavailable for work.

      http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/dying-merseyside-man-told-benefits-6924979#.U0BUlHOvXgR.twitter

      • GEOFF REYNOLDS

        THANKS FOR THE LINK RAINING……………………………

        ACCORDING TO THE DWP, ATOS COULD COULD PLAIT FOG……..

        WHAT THEY KNEW AND WHAT THEY COULD DO WAS NOBODY’S BUSINESS……………….

        THEIR KNOWLEDGE WAS FAR GREATER THAN THE SPECIALIST, MOST REVERED PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE THE ORIGINAL DECISIONS ON BENEFITS…………

        THE DWP HEAPED PRAISE ON THEM IN EVERY FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST EVER SUBMITTED ABOUT THE QUALITY OF THEIR MEDICAL REPORTS……

        IT’S NO GOOD DISMISSING ATOS AS THE ROTTEN APPLE, THEY ARE ONLY THE AMMUNITION, IT IS THE DWP AND ITS INCUMBENT JUNIOR ASSASSINS WHO ARE TAKING LIVES AT AN UNPRECEDENTED LEVEL.

        THEY ARE THE MURDERERS, A STATE EXECUTION TEAM THRIVING ON FALSIFIED MEDICAL REPORTS SUBMITTED BY GLOSSY CERTIFICATE HOLDERS, EX BED PAN WASHERS NOW MEDICAL GENIUSES.

        .

        THEY KNOW EXACTLY HOW MANY BADGERS WERE CULLED YET PROFESS NOT TO HAVE THE MORTALITY FIGURES OF THE HUMAN EUGENICS CULL OF THE POOR AND WEAK.

      • GEOFF REYNOLDS

        “what kind of sick fuck, finds a man who requires a heart transplant, fit for work?”

        • geoff
          stress and anxiety cures all heart problems,and is generally good for one’s health, the dwp backed up by there team of fully trained googler’s and HCP’s, say so, didn’t you know?

        • A system that is rotten to the core. That man’s family have to live with that forever while scab outfit ATOS can slink away with their ill gotten gains intact. As far as the DWP they don’t give a toss about anyone dying. A person is nothing to them, just a friggin’ dot on a page.

          Find out someone’s died they score them off the list and go on to the next one.

          Heartless criminals.

      • There just isn’t language foul enough to describe the goons who perpetuate these atrocities.

    • Landless Peasant

      Indeed. Labour have confirmed to me in a email statement that they believe in “tough” Welfare Reforms, and in thereby creating an even “tougher” Welfare system (i.e. Social Security, actually). They won’t get my vote.

  19. Another Fine Mess

    Don’t Forget IBS is on Andrew Marr tomorrow 9am.

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  21. More from this evil monster. Just when is someone gonna stop the carnage this government are wreaking?

    http://ilegal.org.uk/thread/8511/plans-penalise-pensioners-peoples-homes?page=1&scrollTo=21455

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