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Cuts Watch #316: Housing Benefit cuts and older people

19 Nov 2010, by in Cuts Watch

Age UK has said that it fears that the Housing Benefit reforms will hit up to 80,000 older people. The UK’s leading charity for older people has said that it has particular concerns about the Government’s strategy of using HB cuts to force tenants to negotiate lower rents from their landlords won’t suit older people, who may choose to cut back on essentials like food and heating, rather than lose their homes.

On average, people in private rented accommodation with be £12 a week worse off, £30 in London. Age UK fears that, for those who don’t succeed in negotiating lower rents, moving to a cheaper property will be very difficult. They point out that

many older people … are more likely to suffer with health problems or a disability, relying on support structures and services in their local area. Age UK fears that people will be forced to move to substandard accommodation in poor areas away from friends, family and facilities, which could lead to further health problems and, in turn, place greater pressure on other services.

2 Responses to Cuts Watch #316: Housing Benefit cuts and older people

  1. Roz Rayner-Rix
    Nov 19th 2010, 7:15 pm

    This is a rock and a hard place for me. There is no way I am up to moving emotionally and physically. Last time I had a breakdown that had me attending a day Hospital for 2 years and I am still after 7 years going for counselling.

    I live in a privately rented house, that I took over on my own after my husband stopped loving me and left.
    I am 66 and on Pension Credits and of course Housing Benefits. I have absolutely no other money, in fact I have only debts.

    How on earth can someone like me be expected to cut back? I am sitting here with no heating on and my dressing gown over my clothes. My family are all a very long way from where I live and I cannot afford to see them more than once a year.

    I have no TV, only the internet and only a few friends. I cannot afford to have any sort of social life or any real luxuries. No trips or holidays, nothing at all.

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