Clavia and her two children are homeless because they were evicted by Lambeth council. The council claim they are ‘intentionally homeless’ because Clavia had rent arrears. So the council do not legally have to rehouse them. Latest figures show that 50% of council tenants on Universal Credit are now in rent arrears. Like Clavia, these tenants are at risk of losing their homes and their only crime is to fall foul of the Tories brutal and unfair benefit system.
As a lone parent Clavia was entitled to housing benefit to help pay her rent but the amount was cut or stopped every time she moved in and out of low-paid, part-time work. This is a common cause of arrears.
” When I got a job I was a proud mum. No longer signing on and providing for my family but I’ve come to learn that, trying to be a better you for the sake of your family leaves you worse off in 2017”.
All unemployed, disabled and low paid workers are due to move onto Universal Credit and the chronic delays, cuts, and mismanagement of claims in the new system is going to make this situation even worse. We will see spiralling numbers of evictions and more social cleansing as the council refuses to rehouse people.
Clavia is presenting a deputation to Lambeth Council appealing for a new policy:
If tenants get into rent arrears due to benefits being withheld:
1 – The council should not evict them.
2 – If they are evicted for these arrears by their landlord the
council should not classify them as ‘intentionally homeless’.