Conditionality and discretionary housing payments: when paying rent is more important than buying food

Politics and Insights

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The government’s behavioural change agenda, which targets the poorest citizens, is being delivered via the increasing conditionality of social security and public service support provision. The underpinning rhetoric is that individual behaviours cause poverty, rather than government policies, which are causing a systemic unequal distribution of wealth.

Disabled people paying for disabled people’s support

On Thursday I went to apply for Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) as I no longer have enough to live on, partly because of now having to pay council tax and bedroom tax. Like many people, my essential outgoings are considerably greater than my income. The government have claimed that disabled people like me can claim DHP as a safeguard from the damaging impact of the bedroom tax. However, my own council have warned me in advance that they have little funding left for providing DHP support.

ESA and other benefits were originally calculated to meet the…

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