Britain is witnessing the emergence of “benefit blackspots” as welfare claimants are forced to move out of the towns of their choice after being evicted from rented housing by private landlords.
Why, none other than homeless ‘charity’, Shelter.
Housing charity Shelter has warned that entire UK communities could become claimant-free zones, after the Guardian revealed on Saturday that one of Britain’s best-known landlords has sent out eviction notices to every tenant who is receiving benefits. Fergus Wilson, who owns almost 1,000 properties in Kent, has also informed letting agents that he now refuses to accept applicants who need housing benefit.
But before we al rush to agree with them, let’s take a look at how a ‘charity’ like Shelter defines homelessness.
You might be entitled to help as a homeless person if you are:
- temporarily staying with friends or family
- staying in a hostel or nightshelter
- living in very overcrowded conditions
- at risk of violence or abuse in your home
- living in poor conditions that affect your health.
You may also be considered to be homeless if you are:
- living somewhere where you have no legal right to stay, such as a squat.
- living somewhere that you can’t afford to pay for without depriving yourself of basic essentials
- forced to live apart from your family or someone you would normally live with because your accommodation isn’t suitable.
It’s pretty hard to see who that doesn’t cover, in some way or other, isn’t it?