The Devil Really Is In The Detail: Homelessness Services and Women’s Refuges Face Wipe Out

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George Osborne’s luxury home. Paid for by the tax payer.

A vicious cut buried in this year’s budget document makes a mockery of George Osborne’s pledge of more money for homelessness charities.

The Budget Red Book confirms that from 2017 additional funding in the housing benefit system for homeless people’s hostels and women’s refuges will be scrapped completely from April 2017.  Payments to cover rents in the supported housing sector will be reduced to the Local Housing Allowance rate for that area – which can be less than £50 a week for those under 35 in some parts of the UK.

This is the culmination of a long-running row which began way back in 2012 when bungling toff Lord Fraud announced moves which would lead to the closure of every homelessness shelter and refuge in the UK.  The DWP soon backtracked on these plans and the homelessness industry slipped into collective denial until last year when it was re-announced that supported housing rents will be capped from 2016.

After unanimous protests from homelessness and domestic violence charities the government appeared to back down again, putting back the change for one year and announcing a review of funding for supported housing.  Today George Osborne pre-empted that review and –  with a sneaky bribe which will no doubt go to the largest and most obedient homelessness charities – has condemned huge numbers of the poorest and most marginalised people to street homelessness.

Funding supported housing through the benefits system allowed those providing that housing to use their own expertise and experience in helping to rebuild often shattered lives.  Now they will be expected to go cap in hand to the government, and funding will be directed at those organisations prepared to kow-tow to government policies, such as workfare, benefit sanctions, deportations and compulsory happiness lessons.

The budget documents ominously confirm that there will still be a review of the supported housing sector before the cut takes place.  We’ve just seen what these look like after the recent consultation into disability benefits.  Almost every response from disabled people and charities was completely ignored and the government did as they chose – which was cut vital disability benefits for over 600,000 people.

The entire homelessness sector, along with women’s refuges, young people’s hostels and the wide range of other supported housing is now on death row.  Homelessness charities have long faced criticism for not fighting for homeless people and instead pursuing petty obsessions about the price of strong lager, beggars  or trying to close down soup runs.  Now they are fighting for their own futures.  It will take more than petitions, whining and cosy meetings with ministers as the so-called big players negotiate their own survival, to save the homelessness industry.  It will mean homelessness organisations getting out on the streets with homeless people, tenants, benefit claimants and all those facing housing insecurity,  It may mean forgoing charitable status to fight this government – hardly a controversial arrangement, neither Amnesty or Greenpeace are charities.  And most of all it will mean a confrontational, disruptive and ferocious movement to drive this current crop of Tory toffs into the fucking sea.  Then we can have their houses.

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114 responses to “The Devil Really Is In The Detail: Homelessness Services and Women’s Refuges Face Wipe Out

  1. Meanwhile, the government sits on their a*ses and claiming millions in wages and expenses whilst ignoring society which is now going down the kharzi.

  2. That last paragraph says it all; we’ve enough cut-rate Cassandras.

  3. This vile government keeps getting viler.

  4. Back to dark ages then, ffs woman domestic abuse is serious, if these places close where would battered woman/men go? They would have to put up with the situation and stay, so another generation of kids will become damaged adults because they witnessed nasty abuse at home, when will we start to fight back at this government? Its our bloody money going in to these organisation s we all pay tax, are we going to stay ignorant until we find ourselves in a situation we need help in? The people in Parliament are the biggest liers and robbing cold hearted selfish wankers it needs to stop

    • None of them are fit to run a country and shouldn’t be, labour are just as bad they have been taken over by the lgbt spouting a lot of political incorrectness.

      Tory women are the type to turn a blind eye or the other cheek to bad behaviour from their men, just look at how they put up with their lying and stealing in both business and politics, you can’t expect such women to support battered wives from working class families, money is the only thing that talks for them and they want it in their pockets not out in community caring for people unless middle class wankers are given top dollar to run such centres.

  5. Osborne, the top crass cunt said that the “tampon tax” will be diverted to fund women’s refuges.

    • So the Tampon Tax “Blood Money” is going to help victims of bloodshed because of domestic violence.
      !!??!???!!

      • That’s about it Sage.

      • @Sage
        Pasty Tax, Tampon Tax, Sugar Tax, that arse-faced Gidiot is obviously sratting around to find even more necessities to tax. The signature Tory Tax, VAT, was introduced in 1972 by the Conservative Heath administration. Back then food was zero-rated butTory mission creep has led to most food now attracting 20% Tory Tax, only staples are exempt – for now. Crazy isn’t it, buy a bag of chips and take it away, 0% VAT, but sit down in the cafe to eat your chips: 20% VAT.

    • Yeah a while ago the tories were guffawing we Paid for our own services by having periods!
      Except I saw a piece yesterday saying women are being forced to use newspaper and old socks as sanitary ware if they’ve been sanctioned and have no money for tampons or pads

    • In the interests of gender balance, Luzy, men’s razors etc. are also subject to VAT. And before you say: “Well, men can just grow a bear”. Not all men want to look like Grizzly Adams. And does the tax on men’s products go to men’s refugees. Yup, men are the victims of ‘domestic violence’ also😉

      • Oh dear Grizzly, it’s time you returned to the 12th century, your natural, ideological home. 0/10 for your misogynistic troll fest’

    • In the interests of gender balance, Luzy, men’s razors etc. are also subject to VAT. And before you say: “Well, men can just grow a beard”. Not all men want to look like Grizzly Adams. And does the tax on men’s products go to men’s refuges. Yup, men are the victims of ‘domestic violence’ also😉

      • Grizzly you can use a cut throat razor and sharpen it on a piece of leather.
        Tampons etc should be free altogether, not just of tax, like condoms are.

    • paultheswineherd

      enigma – Almost sounds like the sort of thing that Donald Trump would suggest doing (as well as our callous and cruel Government)

  6. It sounds like the UMBERELLA of socialism by CRUELLA de vile…..very funny.

  7. JV

    Good spot – I just knew something nasty & cruel was buried in this pile of stinking manure known as GidIdiots twice yearly counting exercise – which he always, always fails.

  8. Musn’t Grumble be a Zombie be a UK Zombie

  9. Yet the Zombies out There carry on in their Selfish Evil Oblivious
    Little Worlds

    The Homeless are at Risk of Cold and Assault from Scum Yet
    Goofy People persist in a blinkered belief that Homeless People
    want to be Homeless

    This is the Most Gormless Country on Earth

  10. All the Bone Headed Scum out There Brainwashed by Bigots Tabloids
    have a Lot to Answer For

    Since May 2010 AD and also after September 12th 2015 AD the
    Country has become More of a Grotesque and Gormless Mess than
    Before

  11. Needs Many out There in the Country to Stop being so Oblivious
    as they are as much part of the Problem

    Marie perry | March 16, 2016 at 2:49 pm | Reply

    Back to dark ages then, ffs woman domestic abuse is serious, if these places close where would battered woman/men go? They would have to put up with the situation and stay, so another generation of kids will become damaged adults because they witnessed nasty abuse at home, when will we start to fight back at this government? Its our bloody money going in to these organisation s we all pay tax, are we going to stay ignorant until we find ourselves in a situation we need help in? The people in Parliament are the biggest liers and robbing cold hearted selfish wankers it needs to stop

  12. The Homeless Need an Organisation that Genuinely Cares about
    Them

    I am Very Disillusioned with So Called Charities

  13. urbanpenguin 1h ago

    All quite good, until the last couple of paragraphs.

    The Garden Bridge is private and offers no legal right of way, this is a huge problem. And that £60m of transport funding could be spent on anything with a queue system for 2,500 people is absurd.

    But there are so, so many more issues that Will Self is missing here.

    It is terrible for the environment and opposed by numerous green groups and horticultural experts. It blocks ‘protected’ views off Waterloo Bridge which celebrate their 200th anniversary in 2017. The procurement process is increasingly looking like word beginning with “corru” and ending with “ption”.

    The best thing would be to stop the whole process, learn from this and improve the political system which allowed it to happen. Celebrate what it has brought us – an increased awareness about the privatisation of the city, engaged communities and more coverage of greenwash and environmentally damaging designs. And then go forwards to decide how to use that huge chunk of public money for GENUINE ways to improve walkability, environment and transport in London.

    A London for Londoners, not the elite, not the developers, not the mates and family of politicians.

    HELP STOP IT HERE
    http://www.afollyforlondon.co.uk/takeaction

  14. So it goes round & round. The government either cut or cap benefits, there’s no money to pay the rent, heat or food plus a multitude of other bills, so the next step is eviction, it then ends up that the councils in their have to pay an extortionate amount of money to house them & so they need more funds from the government. It doesn’t make any sense.

  15. Budget 2016: George Osborne Issues ‘Hipster Tax’ On Roll-Ups And Gin And Tonics

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/george-osborne-hipster-tax_uk_56e986b5e4b03fb88ede89d6?utm_hp_ref=uk

  16. OT: Schools and staying open after 3:30

    I would like to pose the following simple question. How/Who is going to pay for the extra School Hours? [The Aim is laudable, you know keep parents at work till they drop or have to collect the children] Teachers? Caretakers? etc etc. Where exactly is the money to pay for this GidIdiot bright idea going to come from?

    • Close all the schools, sack all of the teachers and teach the kids via the internet.

      • Another Brick in the Wall

        Closing down the whole school infrastructure and moving to distance learning via automated robot teachers would save a fortune. It would also save time currently wasted on the daily commute thus freeing up time for more learning. It would also save on travel expenses, parents having to fork out hefty sums for school uniforms, kids could be fed at home thus saving on school dinners… Having kids sat behind desks all day like some sort of prison is so 18th century. Teacher! Leave them kids alone!

        • Another Brick in the Wall

          And no bullying either. The only people who would object to this are those currently employed and drawing fat salaries as ‘teachers’. Schools do nothing to foster learning anyway; in fact, they are detrimental. The whole shebang needs to be ripped down and bulldozed into the ground.

    • In the internet age and with modern technology it is absolutely crazy that we still have schoolkids traveling to and from a brick building to be ‘taught’ by a physical ‘teacher’.

  17. I notice none of the chancellors from any party put a tax on Bollinger, it’s only the poor mans pint and the poor kids pop they tax.

    • What about wine and fortified wine, all laden with sugar or fructose, no mention of that being taxed.

      • @Fly
        What about sugar-free fizzy drinks, Diet Coke etc, or the low sugar Coke Life which is sweetened with stevia? One way to deprive GidIdiot his sugar tax is to buy a Sodastream machine and make your own fizzy drinks using high-fruit cordials, as I do.

        • @wildswimmerpete

          Sugar free fizzy drinks contains aspartame, which contains methanol which is highly poisonous – it’s been linked to altzeimers disease and cancer.

      • What about sugar-loaded fruit juices which Georgie and his fellow tops no doubt have a glass of with their morning croissant.

        • @Sweet Tooth
          They aren’t fizzy. Badly thought-out and implemented legislation (what’s new?). Apparently carbonated mineral water is taxed because it’s FIZZY!!! You couldn’t make it up.

      • What about sugar-loaded fruit juices which Georgie and his fellow toffs no doubt have a glass of with their morning croissant.

      • You are probably better off just drinking fizzy water anyway😀

        • @ Sweet Tooth
          I carbonate tap water for my drinks – cheating GidIdiot out of his fizzy drink tax.

          • @Pete

            Beware of tap water, it’s chock a block with flouride,which is used in rat poison.

            • Typo fluoride.

            • You are better drinking the value spring water (still or spring) for 17p for 2 litres. Supposedly it is ‘bottled at source’ so his hasn’t been through the municipal water supply. It is made by Yorkshire Water so maybe it is the same ‘aquifer’ that feeds the municipal supply. Definitely tastes clean though. Tap water has all sorts of cryptosporidium, chloroform in it. Tap water always tastes of something. We are probably the only country in the world where we drink tap water. Incidentally London tap water is recycled sewage water!

              • Have you go shares in bottled water? Perhaps you should lobby government for clean, sanitized tap water then?

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  19. paultheswineherd

    On Channel 4 News at 1945, they interviewed Ros Duerden from Blackburn Foodbank – she said that Westminster MP’s might as well be on a different planet. At the foodbank they are increasingly seeing families hit by problems with Universal Credit etc. A very interesting and informative interview.

    • Another Fine Recession

      I’ll watch it at 20:44 on 13.
      The 1st bit of C4 news was good on the budget. I love the way the £27bn found down the sofa has turned into a £50bn black hole within 3 months, who’d have thunk it.

  20. not great quality. the next single

    “Is that David Clapson
    Wincing through the glass?
    A deck of death-white sanctions
    Firmly in his grasp.”

  21. paultheswineherd

    The poor pay – the rich benefit – a graph of dreadful injustice!
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/budgets-horrifying-injustice-one-graph-7569940

  22. paultheswineherd

    By the way, this is the link to help to bring justice for poor David Clapson and his sister and hopefully to prevent further unavoidable deaths due to IDS and the DWP. (Over £13000 pledged so far, with a target of £20000 and with 14 days left)
    https://www.crowdjustice.co.uk/case/david-clapson/

  23. Another Fine Recession

    Tory disability campaigner quits and sabotages party’s website in disgust at George Osborne’s Budget
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tory-disability-campaigner-quits-sabotages-7570599

    • I’m not entirely without empathy, given that this guy has at least made some moves toward helping the disabled – But at the same time he’s voted Tory for 40 years, so he’s a cunt.

      If you’ve voted Tory you are complicit in evil, madness and murder. There’s no way around it.

    • And it’s taken this guy 40 years to realise Tories were not his friends?

  24. 22 months now, and still waiting for the result of my mandatory reconsideration to be placed in the Support Group.

    Guinness Book of Records?

  25. BOLLOCKS TO AUSTERITY

    Osborne’s latest Budget: failed economic policies, nasty attacks against the homeless & the disabled, masked by Tax cuts for the affluent & a new Tax on fizzy drinks. How much longer will the British Public be fooled by this incompetent Tory Psychopath?

  26. Let’s see if Corbyn, if he gets in, reverses any of these tax cuts to the rich.

  27. Shows what a Farce of an Opposition both Slave Labour and the
    Anti British ” Scottish National Party ” slavishly Pro EU are
    a Bill Passed in the House of Commons by 266 Votes to 15 Votes
    because both Slave Labour and the Anti British ” Scottish National Party ”
    Abstained

    The Shadow Secretary of State For the Home Department Should
    Resign

    An Opposition that is No Opposition is a Recipe For Dictatorship

  28. The Country has Turned into more of a Dictatorship then it was in May
    2010 AD Thanks to the Collaboration by Non Resistance of Slave Labour
    and the Liberal Dictatorcrats

    Horrorifying to Think what a Nazi Eugenics Master Race Tory Dictatorship
    it will be in 2020 AD with People as Slavish and Zombie as they are

    It is Diabolical as it is Now

    None so Blind as Those who will Not See

  29. An Example of Toff Arrogance and Cruelty

    The Ripping Apart of Baby Foxes is Apparently an Offence

    It is also an Offence against Basic Human Decency that this
    Sadistic Cruelty occurs in the UK

  30. Given the Mentality of too Many and the Mind Numbing Media it could
    be Forever .

    The Tories Well have a Thousand Year Reich if People are Thick Enough
    to Keep Voting that Way the Opposition is No Opposition Anti Austerity
    Organisations have No Political Life in them and the Mentality of
    Obliviousness

    Over 4 Years till the Next Election in UnDemocratic Cuckooland Britain

    BOLLOCKS TO AUSTERITY | March 16, 2016 at 9:52 pm | Reply

    Osborne’s latest Budget: failed economic policies, nasty attacks against the homeless & the disabled, masked by Tax cuts for the affluent & a new Tax on fizzy drinks. How much longer will the British Public be fooled by this incompetent Tory Psychopath?

  31. A song for the Tories on saint Patricks day.

    • paultheswineherd

      fly hawkes – well done and absolutely brilliant – I am sure this is what we think of the Tories!

  32. Why anyone would Join the UnConservatives the Destructives Defies
    Belief

    Another Fine Recession | March 16, 2016 at 8:37 pm | Reply

    Tory disability campaigner quits and sabotages party’s website in disgust at George Osborne’s Budget
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tory-disability-campaigner-quits-sabotages-7570599

  33. Local Elections

    Independent Candidates that Say No Austerity Proper Funding for
    Local Government

    People did Not Vote UnConservative Slave Labour and Liberal Dictatorship Parties into Local Government they would Not get in

  34. Indeed to Vote Tory is to be an Accessory to Nutcase Austerity and
    also towards Outrages like the Deaths of David Clapson and Karen
    Sherlock

    Ergates Theant | March 17, 2016 at 10:06 am | Reply

    I’m not entirely without empathy, given that this guy has at least made some moves toward helping the disabled – But at the same time he’s voted Tory for 40 years, so he’s a cunt.

    If you’ve voted Tory you are complicit in evil, madness and murder. There’s no way around it.

  35. Disability benefit cut: Tory backbenchers call for rethink

    Tory MP says group of backbenchers plans to press for widely-condemned budget changes to personal independence payments to be softened.

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/mar/16/disability-benefit-cut-budget-sparks-tory-backbenchers-call-for-rethink

  36. When the EU Court of Auditors Refuses to Sign Off £100 Billion of EU
    Spending and David Cameron Hands Over in Tribute over £1.5 Billion
    Pounds on this Corrupt Pantomime

    Leaving the EU is a National Necessity

    It has been Estimated the UK will Throw Away over £92 Billion
    Pounds over Next 5 Years if it is Foolish Enough to Stay in the
    EU of No Real Human Rights

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  38. In a Written British Constitution it Needs to Require British Governments
    to Provide for the Proper Funding of Local Government the Proper Funding
    of the National Health Service and Defence of the Welfare State and Bar
    anyone who does Otherwise from Holding High Office in the United Kingdom
    as Well as to have a Country Free of Political Corruption in Principle whilst
    the Opposition shall be Required to Press For Proper Funding of Public
    Services and Not be Agents of Austerity Slavery or be Barred Not only
    from Holding High Office in the United Kingdom but also from Standing
    from Parliament

    Solicitors Lawyers and Barristers can be Barred For Misconduct

    GPs/Doctors can be Struck Off the Medical Register

    British Government Ministers /Members of Parliament should be
    Barred in a Written British Constitution from Holding High Office/ Being
    a Member of Parliament for Failing to Uphold Public Services Public
    Funding which goes with Constitutional Rights of Decent People Resident in the United Kingdom or for being Engaged in Corruption or being an
    knowing Accessory to Corruption

  39. Poverty Oppresses this Country Political Correctness Oppresses this
    Country Totalitarian Mind Control

    Morality Yes Materialism No

    fly hawkes | March 16, 2016 at 7:37 pm | Reply

    None of them are fit to run a country and shouldn’t be, labour are just as bad they have been taken over by the lgbt spouting a lot of political incorrectness.

    Tory women are the type to turn a blind eye or the other cheek to bad behaviour from their men, just look at how they put up with their lying and stealing in both business and politics, you can’t expect such women to support battered wives from working class families, money is the only thing that talks for them and they want it in their pockets not out in community caring for people unless middle class wankers are given top dollar to run such centres.

  40. Indeed A Tax on Sugary Drinks is an Outrage

    Better to Tax the Rich and Hands Off the Poor

    fly hawkes | March 16, 2016 at 7:15 pm | Reply

    I notice none of the chancellors from any party put a tax on Bollinger, it’s only the poor mans pint and the poor kids pop they tax.

  41. A Nanny Control Freak State is Not the Answer A Caring and Moral
    State is

  42. Tory Zac Goldsmith forced out as disability charity patron after voting for ESA cuts

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tory-zac-goldsmith-forced-out-7574364

  43. The only reason welfare benefits are being cut to the bone, is because UNIVERSAL CREDIT is racking up huge debt, running into billions.

    MAXIMUS needs feeding, and its after your welfare benefit.

  44. ** off-topic*

    Big respect to the UK’s greatest magician Paul Daniels whom has passed away peacefully this morning.

  45. The House, Dorneywood, is the property of the National Trust and was inherited by them from the owners ın the late 1940’s for the express use by a senior government minister nomınated by the PM and is not paid for by the taxpayer. Previous occupants have been Prescott and Darlng,
    Just one of the many errors in your report.

  46. No to Universal Credit Defend the Welfare State

  47. That is a Record of Political Destructiveness

    Thatcher and her No Such Thing as Society Mentality Pure EVIL

    Cephalus | March 17, 2016 at 11:14 am | Reply

    The twat voted Tory for 40 years. What did he think he was voting for? They have always been evil bastards and now it affects him he starts to cry. Fuck him.

  48. Nutcase Public Spending Cuts Need to be Reversed

    There Needs to be Mass Peaceful Protest for This and the Official Opposition Actually being a Voice For the Poor and Vulnerable

  49. The 17th of March Mark’s The Anniversary of The Murder of Jews From the Lvov Ghetto at the Belzec Nazi Death Camp in 1942 AD.

    A Place of Mass Murder and Cruelty the Belzec Nazi Death Camp.

    No to Nazism Then and No to Nazism Now

    The Three Commandants of Belzec Nazi Death Camp had also been
    Involved in the Nazi Euthanasia Programme

  50. Scrap VAT Help the Poor

    Vattax | March 17, 2016 at 11:30 am | Reply

    Fizzy drinks, even bottled water already attract 20% VAT!

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