From Kate Belgrave’s blog
While Brexit and Trump hoover resources and headlines, the state and so-called social landlords continue to get away with screwing people into the ground:
Last week, I spent several hours at the South Chadderton foodbank in Oldham speaking with people who’d come in for groceries.
We talked about the reasons why people needed to use the foodbank.
One explanation in particular came up, as it does a lot: Debt repayment plans are leaving people with no money.
People on benefits and low incomes are repaying arrears or loans money to councils, housing associations, the DWP, bailiffs and god knows who else – but they can’t afford it. The loss of the fivers and tenners that authorities deduct in repayments make a tolerable life impossible. People certainly don’t have the hundreds, or sometimes thousands, of pounds that are really needed to shift these debts. Simple equation, when you look at it. Debts grow and penalties grow, but income does not.