Tony Chan
Tony Chan

This is a brutal government, they want us all to be homeless on the streets. Terrible.

Paul Bates
Paul Bates

KEEP THE BEDROOM TAX. It's not a tax it's a cut in housing benefit!
I like the idea of a bedroom tax. If you are claiming housing benefit for a 5 bedroom house and only need 2 bedrooms I think you should have your benefits cut! I don''t want to pay for someone else to live in luxury while the person claiming benefit probably isn't even working. If they don't want to lose benefits they should move to a smaller house and someone who needs 5 bedrooms can have theirs. Then we won't need to build as many new 5 bedroom council houses.

Becks Roan
Becks Roan
  • Paul Bates

You do have a point there. Just round the corner from me there used to be a mother and son in two council houses. She was in her 80's and alone in a 3 bed for at least 15 years. Her son just down the road also has a 3 bed, he lives alone apart from about six weekend visits from his young daughter every year.

Catherine Baker
Catherine Baker
  • Paul Bates

Or this........If the goverments had not let every 1 else in this country & give them houses just like that, then there would be no shortage would there, so its ok 2 toss people out on the streets & ignore their rights 2 a family life is it, which by the way is 1 of your human rights, plenty of people coming into this country & using those human rights 2 get housed, but we in our own country dont have the same, are you having a laugh here?, there are thousands of empty property's now boarded...

Or this........If the goverments had not let every 1 else in this country & give them houses just like that, then there would be no shortage would there, so its ok 2 toss people out on the streets & ignore their rights 2 a family life is it, which by the way is 1 of your human rights, plenty of people coming into this country & using those human rights 2 get housed, but we in our own country dont have the same, are you having a laugh here?, there are thousands of empty property's now boarded up, empty, yet they can borrow 32billion 2 build a stupid railway route that only Bankers & VIPS's will ever use, don't see anyone complaining about that, or that the rich get council tax rebates on their spare rooms whilst the poor, sick & disabled have 2 pay 4 their extra spare room, when you sign a legal document saying your home is 4 life, then that's how it should be, proper makes me angry that some of you on here are that ignorant of the facts of peoples lifes, their situations, their disabilities, why don't you go tell it 2 the goverments, instead of being brainwashed by there clever tactics, certainly know where my vote is going at the next election!

Catherine Baker
Catherine Baker
  • Paul Bates

Go waste your uneducated opinion elsewhere, your on the wrong site 2 do that!

Catherine Baker
Catherine Baker
  • Paul Bates

Do you understand what social housing is, some people have been thru hell b4 they were homed, waited 6yrs or more on waiting lists, even living in B&B's, Besits, Hostels, battered women refuges ect ect then still waited fairly on the waiting system, unlike outsiders who come here & get it just like that........In the United Kingdom, housing associations are private, non-profit making organisations that provide low-cost "social housing" for people in need of a home. Any trading surplus is...

Do you understand what social housing is, some people have been thru hell b4 they were homed, waited 6yrs or more on waiting lists, even living in B&B's, Besits, Hostels, battered women refuges ect ect then still waited fairly on the waiting system, unlike outsiders who come here & get it just like that........In the United Kingdom, housing associations are private, non-profit making organisations that provide low-cost "social housing" for people in need of a home. Any trading surplus is used to maintain existing housing and to help finance new homes. Although independent they are regulated by the state and commonly receive public funding. They are now the United Kingdom's major providers of new housing for rent, while many also run shared ownership schemes to help those who cannot afford to buy a home outright.

Housing associations provide a wide range of housing, some managing large estates of housing for families, while the smallest may perhaps manage a single scheme of housing for older people. Much of the supported accommodation in the UK is also provided by Housing Associations, with specialist projects for people with mental health or learning disabilities, with substance misuse problems (alcohol or illegal drugs), the formerly homeless, young people, ex-offenders and women fleeing domestic violence.

Paul Bates
Paul Bates
  • Paul Bates

I have no problem with social housing. I have no problem with someone having a 5 bedroom council house and being the only one in it, as long as they are paying for it. What I have a problem with is people claiming benefit for a 5 bedroom house when they only need two bedrooms and claiming they need the extra bedrooms for when friends and family come to visit. I work full time and I can't afford a house with 5 bedrooms so why should part of my salary go to pay for these people's luxury spare...

I have no problem with social housing. I have no problem with someone having a 5 bedroom council house and being the only one in it, as long as they are paying for it. What I have a problem with is people claiming benefit for a 5 bedroom house when they only need two bedrooms and claiming they need the extra bedrooms for when friends and family come to visit. I work full time and I can't afford a house with 5 bedrooms so why should part of my salary go to pay for these people's luxury spare rooms I would rather my hard earned cash go to those who really need it. This is the place to post my comments. I was asked to sign a petition and I a letting people know why they should not sign.

Paul Bates
Paul Bates
  • Paul Bates

Catherine Taylor, you are have been whittling on writing a 300 word essay about why some poor refugee should be put onto the street so poor 'British' people can have a home yet you fail to have understood one bit of my argument.

Catherine Wild
Catherine Wild

I have lived in my house for 9 yrs now and have no intensions of leaving they will have to drag me out by the scruff of my hair, I'm having nightmares about it, I am so happy here it's not right, my grandchildren come to stay every weekend, people are going to lose their homes because they will not be able to afford it, what is it something like 25% of your income for each room, then all you have left is enough to buy £10 electric, £10 gas and prob get a tenners worth of food to last you two...

I have lived in my house for 9 yrs now and have no intensions of leaving they will have to drag me out by the scruff of my hair, I'm having nightmares about it, I am so happy here it's not right, my grandchildren come to stay every weekend, people are going to lose their homes because they will not be able to afford it, what is it something like 25% of your income for each room, then all you have left is enough to buy £10 electric, £10 gas and prob get a tenners worth of food to last you two weeks, totally don't think so. I will stand my ground..WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED....

Jean Rowland
Jean Rowland
  • Catherine Wild

Well said Catherine I am also having nightmares and have been on anti depressants for some time because of this and other measures, I was working up until last year am nearly 60 and like you my grandchildren and children come here and help me as I am arthitic We Have To All Stand Together:)

Barbara Dawn
Barbara Dawn
  • Catherine Wild

just to clarify this- its 14% duduction in your housing benefit if you have one spare bed room and 25% REDUCTION if you have more than one spare room- so for example , you receive £100 per week now for a three bed property, but only need one bed, u will lose £25. if you need two beds you will lose £14. hence- u can see that those who may be single and unemplyed (lots of older middle aged with grown up families will fall into this category) and you live on £71 JSA, you will bepaying between...

just to clarify this- its 14% duduction in your housing benefit if you have one spare bed room and 25% REDUCTION if you have more than one spare room- so for example , you receive £100 per week now for a three bed property, but only need one bed, u will lose £25. if you need two beds you will lose £14. hence- u can see that those who may be single and unemplyed (lots of older middle aged with grown up families will fall into this category) and you live on £71 JSA, you will bepaying between £14 and £25 (in this scenario) towards your rent. uthority for discretionary housing payments- but this pot of money allocated by the government is controlled by each local authority and they make their own rules up about who is eligible for it and who isnt!
Not much left for food (proces on the increase again) extortionate gas/elec/water prices etc, and god forbis you might still need to run a car (for job interviews, possibilities etc) cameron and his cronies need a wake up call- I can totally see the reasoning behind these ideas, but they have not thought about the consequences of this- homelessness/ increased poverty/increased risk of crime etc - not really going to solve any financial crisis in this country is it?

Celine Wathier
Celine Wathier
  • Catherine Wild

Building more social housings means destroying green belts, parks, school sport grounds, etc.........all those spaces we should all fight for to save for our children or future ! Too many children already have nowhere to go to , to play in, to do....
Refurbishing derelict properties cost money which the government has not got ! It is already struggling to keep occupied properties into decent homes standard !
Blaming the government for everything is not helping !
It is selfishness, self...

Building more social housings means destroying green belts, parks, school sport grounds, etc.........all those spaces we should all fight for to save for our children or future ! Too many children already have nowhere to go to , to play in, to do....
Refurbishing derelict properties cost money which the government has not got ! It is already struggling to keep occupied properties into decent homes standard !
Blaming the government for everything is not helping !
It is selfishness, self righteous attitude which cause shortage of housing !
A property is yours to do what you want with and as you wish only if it is rightfully yours. Council flats are government properties and if it decides that it hasn't got the finance nor the resource to build or refurbish more properties, then it has every right to reclaim empty rooms or ask for money from its tenants wishing to keep the luxury of extra rooms while preventing other families in need of affordable accommodations.
Your selfishness is resulting in overcrowding houses, stress, depression, violence,....... the children are the ones suffering !
ISN'T IT TIME TO START THINKING ABOUT OTHER CHILDREN AND SUFFERING FAMILIES !
BUT I FORGET IT IS ALL ABOUT YOU PEOPLE AND WHAT YOU WANT !
AND WHAT IF IT WAS YOUR FAMILY 20, 30, 40, 50,........YEARS AGO !?!

Billy Hogan
Billy Hogan
  • Catherine Wild

It is a bigger problem that the government is "overcrowding" the country, in my area alone I struggle to hear a local accent, or even an English one. most of the small shops are "fly by nights" today Polish, tomorrow African, the day after another Eastern European national. It looks to me like the government or some powers that be, are giving out grants to Immigrants to start up business, they last max 3mths then close, and don't get me started on the houses..8-9-10 children per family,...

It is a bigger problem that the government is "overcrowding" the country, in my area alone I struggle to hear a local accent, or even an English one. most of the small shops are "fly by nights" today Polish, tomorrow African, the day after another Eastern European national. It looks to me like the government or some powers that be, are giving out grants to Immigrants to start up business, they last max 3mths then close, and don't get me started on the houses..8-9-10 children per family, mothers look about 18yrs old, we all know about the scam of groups taking the same children to the DWP like pass the parcel, and making a claim for child benefits for them, when they are queried..no speak english...jokes

Candy Jane Weston
Candy Jane Weston
  • Catherine Wild

in responce to Celine Smith-ish u do make a valid point about over crowding but there are many factors to this argument heres just one of them
this policy only affects those people who claim HOUSEING BENIFIT lets say i am a single person but live in a 3 bed house therefore have 2 spare rooms but because i work and pay my rent im allowed to stay in my council home with no consiquences please tell me how that is fair ????? i feel this policy should apply to everyone who resides in social...

in responce to Celine Smith-ish u do make a valid point about over crowding but there are many factors to this argument heres just one of them
this policy only affects those people who claim HOUSEING BENIFIT lets say i am a single person but live in a 3 bed house therefore have 2 spare rooms but because i work and pay my rent im allowed to stay in my council home with no consiquences please tell me how that is fair ????? i feel this policy should apply to everyone who resides in social housing not just a select few.
all this policy is doing is creating more over crowding because it doesnt take account for personal surcumstances such as divided familys with a father or grandparents having access to his/ their children on over night stays on weekends and school holidays.
so please tell me where it is selfish to want to retain a spare room for these reasons ?

Jane Mcewan
Jane Mcewan
  • Catherine Wild

We all have our opinions, each 1 as important as the other. It's pathetic it has came to this. It's the council that housed us in the first place, we pay our rent etc all our days & they decide to pull it out from under us. They should never have sold the council accommodation on. They were built for renting out to the people who could not afford to buy.
There is also a new way of how benefits will be paid. I|E Housing benefit will now be paid to the tennant & the tennant has to pay the...

We all have our opinions, each 1 as important as the other. It's pathetic it has came to this. It's the council that housed us in the first place, we pay our rent etc all our days & they decide to pull it out from under us. They should never have sold the council accommodation on. They were built for renting out to the people who could not afford to buy.
There is also a new way of how benefits will be paid. I|E Housing benefit will now be paid to the tennant & the tennant has to pay the landlord (cutting out the middle man). This is a recipe for disaster as far as i am concerned.

Stephen Brown
Stephen Brown
  • Catherine Wild

Barbara Dawn no offence but I think everybody is aware of what we have to pay as we, ve all recieved letters telling us how much worse off were going to be... so no clarification needed!!

Frances Young
Frances Young
  • Catherine Wild

Stop having children then

Rebecca Westlake Yearsley
Rebecca Westlake Yearsley
  • Catherine Wild

Candy Jane Weston buy your own house or private rent then you can have as many bedroom as you want

Michael Carlson
Michael Carlson

I am not a citizen of England of England so I have no vote or say so in this matter! Am I to understand correctly that the government wishes to force people to take others into there home or will impose a tax upon themfor each vacant room? So people will be taxed for an empty room, or give up personal space and be taxed for rent charges? How about the government build housing, Fix up old houses or let the low income fend for themself. It is not fair for good hard working people to have to give up what they worked for.

Laura Rumney
Laura Rumney
  • Michael Carlson

in our case, because we have a 2 bedroom house, we will lose housing benefit that we receive because my husband is on a low wage, there isn`t the option of us moving to a 1 bedroom place because there isn`t any available. As the money is stopped from benefit, the option of not paying doesn`t apply

Wendy Frost
Wendy Frost

remember the daylight robery charge when people blocked their windows, f-ck--g ridiculous, arsehole government, your picking on the wrong people, going to be a civil war if the government ain't careful, we sick of being bullied by a load of tofts with 2 much money.

Tracy Mains
Tracy Mains

Why should I live in a shoe box because the governments cant manage the country finances & send us all plunging into recessions! Why do I have to pay for the priveledge of having a spare bedroom for my grand daughter to stay in? All governments are the same, whether they are labour or conservative. Thye have no interest in the people thay are supposed to represent. The only reason they want a job like that is not so they can help the people but to line all their arse pockets & those of their...

Why should I live in a shoe box because the governments cant manage the country finances & send us all plunging into recessions! Why do I have to pay for the priveledge of having a spare bedroom for my grand daughter to stay in? All governments are the same, whether they are labour or conservative. Thye have no interest in the people thay are supposed to represent. The only reason they want a job like that is not so they can help the people but to line all their arse pockets & those of their cronies. Theyre in it for the money, nothing else, and they showed their true colors with the expenses farce!

Lisa Armstrong
Lisa Armstrong
  • Tracy Mains

What?! You can have as many damn bedrooms as you like, you paid for them!!!

Elaine Shepherd
Elaine Shepherd

hi every one I am facing this in a few weeks as my sis is moving out is this room tax for every one or just peaple on housing benifit it is very complicated.

Sheila Sherman
Sheila Sherman
  • Elaine Shepherd

Just people on housing benefit.

Elaine Shepherd
Elaine Shepherd
  • Elaine Shepherd

thank you sheila i am still going to ask at my local council office iv been at this house a long time and me and my husband work so if i can stay here i will

Sarah Harriet Turner
Sarah Harriet Turner

I have a 3 bed social housing home, with 2 children aged 3 and 5 and a 20 year old son at uni. how can I possibly have a spare room. but your crazy rules say I have. my son who is at uni, is not entitle to a bedrooom you say, so when he comes home for 8 weeks at summer 2 weeks at xmas, 4 weeks at easter etc, were is he supposed to sleep. why cant my son and my daughter have a bedroom each. so you want me to downsize for 6 years untill oliver is 10, were do I go. to a private rented house,...

I have a 3 bed social housing home, with 2 children aged 3 and 5 and a 20 year old son at uni. how can I possibly have a spare room. but your crazy rules say I have. my son who is at uni, is not entitle to a bedrooom you say, so when he comes home for 8 weeks at summer 2 weeks at xmas, 4 weeks at easter etc, were is he supposed to sleep. why cant my son and my daughter have a bedroom each. so you want me to downsize for 6 years untill oliver is 10, were do I go. to a private rented house, which will cost the taxpayer a damn site more, than the 3 bed housing association property I'm currently in. are my children not entitled to be settled, and attend just the one school, or in my attempt to keep up with these new bedroom tax rules do I keep moving like a nomad, with my children in tow, creating unsettled people of the future, chaos in schools. neibourhoods, of people who know each other breaking down. if I stay I have to find about £14 a week for a room that is in use by my children. I have a familly and was given a familly home 16 months ago, now your telling me its to big for me. were all in it together you say, how many spare rooms do you have.

Frances Young
Frances Young
  • Sarah Harriet Turner

A very good question Cameron and the hand puppet known as Glegg

Susan Gipson
Susan Gipson
  • Sarah Harriet Turner

lets fight it lets stand out side his house and shout it out loud,lets not be bullied any more

Lena Pizzulo
Lena Pizzulo

I have lived in my house for 20 years, I have 5 grand kids that love spending time with me, my house has and still is a family home, I am on the sick and I am loosing my house..So unfair when you think how money spent on total rubbish

Susan Gipson
Susan Gipson
  • Lena Pizzulo

refuse to pay stand up and be counted

Tina Chapple
Tina Chapple

furious, I already pay more rent because I have a three bedroom and not a two, and I also pay more council tax than neighbours, why? because I have three bedrooms and they have two, how many times am I going to be charged for having three bedrooms. what next a huge baby boom, so there are no spare bedrooms.

Susan Gipson
Susan Gipson
  • Tina Chapple

your right thats going to happen,

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