The process of applying for PIP has been a long one for most of our clients, with some waiting up to a year for their application to be considered and to be invited to attend a medical assessment. Many of our clients report this time to be highly stressful and difficult for them, some due to a lack of money, others due to the uncertainty the wait brings.
However for those that have finally been asked to attend a medical assessment with ATOS the struggle is not yet over, as many of our clients are being asked to travel to assessment centres far away from their home. This often means a long and painful journey, or having to find the money to pay for a taxi, both of which extremely difficult for our clients and add to the stress and turmoil. Continue reading
I have recently started at Z2K as a Homelessness Support Worker on our Private Rented Access Scheme, which helps place homeless families and individuals, who otherwise would not receive support, into private accommodation.
We are currently assisting a young mother and her three children into a new property in outer London. Through bad decisions she found has herself in rent arrears with a substantial amount of debt, placing herself on the path to eviction. Courageously, she has acknowledged her short comings, has taken responsibility and just wants to do the best for her children. She is currently repaying her debts and is taking control of her situation. Continue reading
The decision of Barnet’s ruling group on Tuesday evening to recommend increasing Council Tax Support Scheme Minimum Payments from 8.5 per cent to 20 per cent was shocking even if it wasn’t entirely unexpected. It will add around £125 to the Council Tax bills of the borough’s poorest residents and will put Barnet squarely amongst those with the harshest schemes in the Capital – Harrow, Hillingdon and Newham.
This £1.3 million raid on the pockets and purses of 20,338 disabled, unemployed and low paid working households in Barnet follows on the heels of its decision to cut the overall rate of Council Tax in the run-up to last May’s local elections. It isn’t unusual to find politicians putting up taxes immediately after getting elected, but there is something particularly unseemly about more than doubling the tax paid by those with little or no income to fund a tax break for the better off. I’m pretty certain that didn’t feature in anyone’s election manifesto. Continue reading