Could not agree more. DP will have an affect on income for both Councils and RSL with the resulting fall in income affecting both tenants and staff alike.
Originally posted on SPeye Joe (Welfarewrites):
One of the welfare reform policies is direct payments or DP and this is the one that will change the face of social housing more than any other. Forget the bedroom tax or any other welfare reform policy, DP is the one policy that has council and housing association landlords worried sick.
Yet, as with all welfare reform policies DP is ill-considered by government and yet again social landlords are making a pig’s ear of a response by not thinking it through fully and being ill-prepared for this particular change.
3.4 million or so social housing tenants have their rent paid through Housing Benefit. This goes directly to the social landlord with the HB money never passing through the tenants hands. Landlords like this arrangement and have become accustomed to it. Tenants like this too as they have never had to worry about paying rent if on benefit.
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