Discretionary Housing Payments - Letter to Wigan Evening Post 29/04/13

Published on by mikemouldingcommunity-action

Dear Editor,
I was extremely disappointed to witness at the last full meeting of Labour-controlled Wigan Council, the controlling group who allege to be opposed to "The Bedroom Tax", removed the right of appeal for those wishing to apply for Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP).
For many months, I have done my best to inform people that despite Wigan Labour's rhetoric that they oppose this governments welfare cuts agenda, many decisions made here in Wigan by Labour have not only implemented the cuts, but in some cases they have deliberately made them worse.
The removal of the right of appeal for Discretionary Housing Payments is another decision, where those in desperate need will find it even more difficult to get that help.
DHP although limited in funds has been increased by government but not ring-fenced. My party intends to establish, in due course, through "Freedom of Information" the actual amount paid by Wign Council to those in severe hardship with their housing costs.
I call on Labour-controlled Wigan Council to do the decent thing and assure those affected by "The Bedroom Tax" that eviction proceedings will not be commenced for those that find themselves unable to pay.
Somehow, despite Labour's alleged opposition, I think I will be waiting a very long time for an answer.
Yours Sincerely
Michael Moulding, Deputy Leader, Community Action Party

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