Single mother takes government to court after being forced into homelessness

Govt Newspeak

A Single mother takes the government to court after being forced into homelessness due to a housing benefit shortfall. She was deemed ‘intentionally homeless’ after refusing to use benefits intended to cover basic living costs to cover weekly gap between housing benefit and rent.

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and Shelter, two charities supporting the woman in the case, argue it is unlawful to force tenants to spend money intended for basic daily living needs on their rent because housing benefit has been reduced

The mother of four who was was forced into homelessness due to a shortfall in housing benefit is to challenge the government in Britain’s highest court. The woman, known only as Ms Samuels, was treated as intentionally homeless because she refused to use her non-housing benefits, intended to cover other living costs, to cover the £35 weekly gap between her housing benefit and her rent.

When she subsequently fell into rent arrears and was evicted, Birmingham City Council refused to treat her and her children as unintentionally homeless on the basis that she could, in theory, have used some of her non-housing benefits to plug the shortfall.

View original post 490 more words

About sdbast

Twitter profile @sdbast
This entry was posted in Politics. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.