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The North Street Development, Social Cleansing in Lewes

THE SOCIAL CLEANSING OF LEWES AND THE NATIONAL PARK   The social cleansing of Lewes Lewes- the major town within the South Downs National Park, is fast becoming a no-go area for people on low or even moderate incomes. The … Continue reading

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New on line material about sickness benefits

Here are some links to some educational materials that I have created about sickness benefits (employment and support allowance).  You can view the material at http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/hbhelp-1821661-it-makes-you-sick/. You can see on the right of the page that you can download this … Continue reading

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Stepping up the war on the bedroom tax- What social landlords can do

There has been a lot of focus in the housing trade press about the hapless One Vision Housing Association, who sent out a legal looking notice for tenants to sign which said “I understand that One Vision Housing can take … Continue reading

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The Single Tier Pension

  Publicity has been given to the fact that the government is introducing a single tier national insurance pension.  The amount for each individual will be about £144 a week. Sounds good until you realise that some people might have … Continue reading

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POLL TAX MARK 2 COMES TO LEWES

DO YOU CLAIM COUNCIL TAX BENEFIT? ONE IN FIVE LEWES HOUSEHOLDS DO. ARE YOU UNDER PENSION AGE? IF SO: LEWES COUNCIL WANTS TO CUT YOUR BENEFIT!   From April Lewes District Council will set the rules for council tax benefit … Continue reading

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Lewes rents- unaffordable and insecure

LEWES TENANCY STRATEGY   Lewes District council is deciding on its strategy on “affordable rents” for housing associations.  It may apply this policy to council tenancies later.  It also proposes a new form of insecure tenancy agreement.  I’m a housing … Continue reading

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Why the rich should get child benefit

WHY RICH PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE CHILD BENEFIT The government is doing a U turn on the plan to scrap child benefit for those on higher tax brackets.  That’s great.  Here’s why: Child benefit works because it isn’t means tested.  You … Continue reading

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MAKING LOTS OF BAD BENEFIT DECISIONS? HOW TO STOP CLAIMANTS CHALLENGING THEM

  MAKING IT HARDER TO APPEAL The government has started to work out how to make it harder to appeal, in line with powers brought in by the Welfare Reform Act which is now going through Parliament. The proposed changes … Continue reading

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Government says -Dont get sick

GOVERNMENT SAYS- DON’T GET SICK!   Don’t get nasty illnesses or have accidents – That is what the government is telling hard working couples.  At the beginning of February it rejected amendments by the House of Lords and vowed to … Continue reading

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National Insurance- What are you paying for?

NATIONAL INSURANCE- JUST ANOTHER FORM OF TAX?   There are lots of people who will tell you that the national insurance contributions you pay, and your employer also pays on your behalf, are nothing but another form of taxation, that … Continue reading

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