Whether Liked or not, the Reform is going to happen. Yet again the Government and Local Authorities are operating a One size fits all programme. This policy, in society, has historically never worked and will not work now or in the future.
Important issues, such as this Reform, should be resolved on an individual basis to protect the vulnerable in our communities. The policy of wanting to move Tenants to accommodation with fewer bedrooms may actually be embraced by some, due to the ever increasing costs of keeping a larger house. However, where is the suitable accommodation they are supposed to move to? There is a constant debate about the lack of suitable new Social Housing. Would it not be financially prudent for our Local Authorities to work, along with Private initiative, to Refurbish the large amount of housing stock that is left empty at the moment, this must relieve the need and cost of new build and go along way to help with the housing shortage crisis.Working as a Voluntary Crisis Advocate for severely Disabled Tenants, with Housing access issues, the reforms have caused an extremely high degree of anxiety with these and other Tenants with medical conditions. It is a little known fact and it appears that the Local Authorities are reluctant to promote it,that they have been allocated substantial monies, from the Government, to help people that are suffering financial distress because of the reforms, it is called the Discretionary Fund and Householders, if they have a genuine case for needing a further bedroom, because of Disability or Medical conditions can Appeal to the council and when successful can receive a credit/payment for the further bedroom. ALL IN IT TOGETHER? When Local Authorities and the Government says “But we have to make cuts because there’s no money” just remember that, from the 1st of April, 13,000 Millionaires will get a £100,000 tax break thanks to the abolition of the 50 per cent tax band. It’s not an April Fools joke. :/