The ‘Biased Broadcasting Company’ still getting it wrong . . .


CPI+1% rent rises ONLY a proposal and NOT set in stone!!

Speye Joe

The social rent formula of CPI+1% rent increases each year from 2020 to 2025 is NOT, I repeat NOT set in stone.  It is a proposal only and will be subject to consultation.

Yet social landlords wrongly believe it is set in stone and the article today from Carol Matthews CEO of Riverside Housing Group in Inside Housing is a case that assumes the rent rises are set in stone.  They are NOT and below I explain why.

On 4 October the DCLG released an announcement here that said:

As set out in the Housing White Paper, to help encourage more investment in social housing, government will create a stable financial environment by setting a long term rent deal for councils and housing associations in England.

Under the proposal set out today, increases to social housing rents will be limited to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) plus 1% for…

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Conservative MPs accuse citizens of ‘scaremongering stories’ about experiences of Universal Credit.

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Conservative MP Wendy Morton says Universal Credit ‘helps’ people into work and criticises opposition MPs for ‘scaremongering.’ However, the new benefit has pushed people into debt and rent arrears, with some forced to rely on food banks to survive. It’s difficult to see precisely how a social security benefit that creates those circumstances could possibly help people into work.

The introduction of Universal Credit was aimed at ‘incentivising’ people into work and to work longer hours, by ensuring that for those needing to claim welfare support, the experience was as uncomfortable as possible. Under the Conservatives, social security has been transformed into a system that meters out discipline,  coercing citizens into compliance with state-defined economic outcomes, rather than serving as a national insurance-funded provision to meet people’s basic necessities, should they need it – which was the original intention behind the welfare state. 

The introduction of ordeals and harsh conditionality in…

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Essential information for ESA claims, assessments and appeals

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Essential Information for claims, assessments and appeals. 

There are three essential ideas to keep in mind when claiming Employment Support Allowance (ESA) because of the nature of the ESA50 form, and the fact that Atos are seeking to deny benefits, and NOT assess disability: this will not be a fair investigation of your health issues.

This information needs to be shared widely so people are made aware of them, and can use them when claiming ESA or appealing.

These very helpful ideas are:

  •  Reliably, repeatedly and safely
  •  Exceptional circumstances – Regulations 25 and 31, 29 and 35
  •  Atos assessments and pitfalls – how they try to deceive you

1. Reliably, repeatedly and safely. 

‘Lord’ Fraud made this statement in the House of Lords:

“It must be possible for all the descriptors to be completed reliably, repeatedly and safely, otherwise the individual is considered unable to complete the activity.”


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Philip Hammond shamefully claims UK productivity rates low because more disabled people are in work

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Philip Hammond has been criticised following comments he made to the Treasury Select Committee, after he seemed to suggest that falling productivity rates in the UK workforce was due to more disabled people being in work.

Giving evidence to the Commons Treasury Select Committee concerning the Budget, the Chancellor said: “It is almost certainly the case that by increasing participation in the workforce, including far higher levels of participation by marginal groups and very high levels of engagement in the workforce, for example of disabled people – something we should be extremely proud of – may have had an impact on overall productivity measurements.”

“It may have collateral impact on measured productivity performance”, he added.

Labour MP John Mann, a Committee member, said the Chancellor’s comments were “appalling” and later tweeted: “Chancellor just linked low productivity growth to the labour market and specified the increased employment of disabled people.


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