Priorities not pasties!

Priorities not pasties!

This week Chancellor George Osbourne has backed down on his Budget plans to impose VAT on hot pasties, static caravans and to cut relief on donations to charity; fuelling further speculation that he is not fully in control of his brief.

On Friday, Tax officials also announced that they would be altering their guidance on taxation of rubbish dumped in landfill, after skip operators claimed that the Budget had hit them with a huge rise in charges. The change fuelled allegations that green measures were being penalised, after the higher rate had not been applied to waste left over from recycling.

HM Revenue and Customs guidelines issued in March had led some tips to charge skip operators tax at £64 for every ton of rubble they dumped. The previous rate was £2.50.

HMRC will issue fresh guidance later on the implementation of the policy, whilst Tax officials insisted that the move was “a clarification, not a U-turn”, but many in Westminster have regarded it as another sign that Osborne mishandled the March Budget.

At Landlord Referencing we believe that the government should be concentrating on the countries priorities rather than pasties…!

With the extortionate amount of Tenant Alerts that LRS send out weekly we are seeing a significant increase in tenant alerts regarding LHA claimants; therefore we call on Housing Minister Grant Shapps to address the real issues that are affecting landlords and letting agents at a national level.

Housing benefit claimant error is at the highest its ever been; meaning that millions of pounds are being stolen, unchallenged, from the UK tax payer. Coupled with the impending Universal Credit benefits overhaul this fundamentally means that tenants receiving LHA will be literally getting paid on a pay packet basis; therefore we can only predict the worse for the future of our economy and housing prospects if Universal Credit goes ahead.

Housing benefit claimant error is at the highest its ever been; meaning that millions of pounds are being stolen, unchallenged, from the UK tax payer. Coupled with the impending Universal Credit benefits overhaul this fundamentally means that tenants receiving LHA will be literally getting paid on a pay packet basis; therefore we can only predict the worse for the future of our economy and housing prospects if Universal Credit goes ahead.

We can only hope that the next government U-turn will be regarding Universal Credit; as Landlord Referencing whole heartedly believe that tenants should have the right to decide if their rents are paid directly to their landlord – to help those on low incomes avoid debt, arrears and homelessness.

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4 Comments

  1. Re: Universal Credit
    We received housing benefit payments on behalf of the Tenants from five Local Authorities one of which is Tameside Council. We are aware Tameside Council is one of the Councils who are piloting the Universal Credit. To date we have not received any information from any of the Councils informing us how the Universal Credit will work.

    We are aware all of the Tenants benefits will be paid within the Universal Credit and the Tenant will be responsible for paying their rent.

    We are concerned on a number of accounts.

    The lack of knowledge from staff that will administrate the Universal Credit;
    We find that around 10% of housing benefit payments have ‘over’ or ‘under payments’ due to the administration error or lack of knowledge of the staff at the Housing Benefit department.
    We anticipate these errors to increase leading to suspension of payments whilst the claims are investigated.

    Authority to speak to Letting Agents and Landlords;
    We currently request all our Tenants who are in receipt of housing benefit to sign a letter of authority giving Housing Benefit staff permission to speak with our staff on all aspects of their claim. The letter of authority will now have to include all aspects of the Universal Credit.

    Tenants not paying their rent;
    We have a number of Tenants that are not be able to manage their money therefore we receive their rent direct.
    We have Tenants who have a history of not paying their rent, are recognised as a risk by the Housing Benefit Department and we receive direct payment because of this.

    With Tenants who are paid direct, whenever one misses a rent payment we contact them to request payment. If payment is not forthcoming we contact the housing benefit office to request they suspend their housing benefit whilst they investigate why the Tenant is not paying their rent.
    When the Tenant’s rent is in arrears we request direct payment.
    How will the Universal Credit deal with these issues?

    Regards

    Steve
    http://www.PolarPropertyServices.co.uk

  2. I have just watched David Cameron on Andrew Marr and it is a breath of fresh air that they do keep reconsidering their policies are correct rather than just plough on into the wall like Labour did until we are all bankrupt.

    However so many policy changes can really only mean one thing the people you are employing David either have not got a clue in the first place, or they are not doing their homework properly before throwing their absurd ideas into the mix.

    I think you would get better ideas from posting on this site before announcing them as policy, then you could sack all your monkeys and save another wedge of cash.

  3. George Gideon Oliver Osborne = GGOO 😉

  4. What about putting a tax on stupid policies? Our economy would be up and running again in no time!