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This is indeed grotesque, however council tax is related to rateable values and these values are based on the housing values in 1991.

Should the rateable values be recalculated this would lead to an increase for all properties and this grotesque situation would still be present.

Current rateable values in Kensington & Chelsea

What would mitigate this grotesque situation is to increase the number of rating bands to accommodate that the properties worth millions are subjected to a higher rateable value, in effect to account for the higher ratios of property values now.

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The simple comparison that highlights the grotesque inequality in Two Nation Britain

In London’s wealthiest borough, the Sultan of Brunei pays just a tenner more a week in council tax for his 16-bed mansion than Mrs Braithwaite – who lives in a three-bed terrace

In London’s wealthiest borough where 71 died in the Grenfell Tower fire , combative MP Emma Dent Coad quotes a simple comparison that highlights grotesque inequality in Two Nation Britain.

The Labour battler’s example involves the Sultan of Brunei , an obscenely rich multi-billionaire dictator who profits personally from the oil and gas fiefdom he rules with an iron fist, and Mrs Braithwaite, a working class retired mother and grandmother. The Sultan owns a 16-bedroom mansion with golden chandeliers, worth upwards of perhaps £100m, in Kensington Palace Gardens – known for good reason as Billionaires’ Row.

In the borough’s northern end, in what is practically another world…

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Homelessness is now a serious risk for working families with stable jobs who cannot find somewhere affordable to live after being evicted by private-sector landlords seeking higher rents, the local government ombudsman has warned.

Michael King said nurses, taxi drivers, hospitality staff and council workers were among those assisted by his office after being made homeless and placed in often squalid and unsafe temporary accommodation by local authorities.

“People are coming to us not because they have a ‘life crisis’ or a drug and alcohol problem, but because they are losing what they thought was a stable private-sector tenancy, being evicted and then being priced out of the [rental] market,” he said.

King said the common perception that homelessness was about people with chaotic lives who slept rough no longer held true. “Increasingly, [homeless people] are normal families who would not have expected to be in this situation,” he said.


Source: Families with stable jobs at risk of homelessness in Britain, report finds

A young man with special educational needs has been left in short-stay accommodation for nearly two years because social workers in Lancashire could not decide where he should live permanently, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found.

The man was placed in short-stay accommodation by Lancashire County Council after his family told social workers they were struggling to cope with his behaviour and the impact it was having on his younger siblings.

The Ombudsman’s investigation found the placement in January 2016 was only meant to be temporary, but the man is still living in the accommodation today. It is likely the man’s behaviour has deteriorated through not living in suitable accommodation and not receiving appropriate support.

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, Michael King, said:

“This man has been left in limbo in this accommodation, which by its very nature was only ever intended to be a short stay. He has missed out on vital support and development opportunities


Source: Disabled man left for two years in unsuitable short-stay accommodation let down by council | Care Industry News

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Labour’s Emma Dent Coad says devastating poverty is sparking return of preventable Victorian illnesses in UK’s richest area

Residents in the Grenfell Tower borough are suffering from tuberculosis and rickets, Kensington’s MP has warned in a shocking report on inequality affecting the UK’s richest local authority.

Labour’s Emma Dent Coad warned Victorian illnesses were returning due to devastating poverty levels affecting some of Kensington’s roughly 160,000 residents.

The damning report, titled “After Grenfell: Housing and Inequality in Kensington and Chelsea”, found multiple instances of children being admitted to hospital with hypocalceamic shock that caused them to collapse due to a lack of calcium.

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The Conservative minister for care services turned down at least four invitations to speak about adult social care at her party’s annual conference, while disabled people and other experts warned those meetings about the funding crisis facing the system. Jackie Doyle-Price refused to attend at least four social care fringe meetings at the conference in Manchester, Disability News Service has established. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt also ignored the issue of social care in his conference speech. Those who spoke at the fringe meetings Doyle-Price snubbed lined up to warn of the crisis facing the social care system, with one Tory MP warning that it “simply isn’t good enough” and that many people were “not getting the care they need”. In August, the UK government was told it was “going backwards” on independent living by the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities. Last week, Barbara Keeley, shadow minister for social care and mental health, told Labour’s annual conference

Source: Tory conference: Care minister hides from fringe as funding crisis deepens | DisabledGo News and Blog

“These findings reinforce our warning about the urgent need to reform adult social care and deliver a long-term sustainable solution that delivers a range of

Source: Which? report shows shortfall in care home places by 2022 | Care Industry News

Nadia Clarke writes about the damaging impact that cuts to her personal budget will have on her life.

Source: My Rights | Publications by date | Library | The Centre for Welfare Reform

Why aren’t people entitled to benefits claiming them?

Source: Britain’s unclaimed benefits: four million families miss out on £12.4 billion

John Pring Disability News Service 14th September 2017

About 900,000 disabled people will see their weekly incomes fall by at least £50 a week by 2020, because of the continuing impact of the government’s welfare reforms, according to new research.

The research by the consultancy Policy in Practice found that, of 7.2 million working-age, low-income households, more than two-fifths of those containing a working-age disabled person would lose at least £50 a week, compared with November 2016.

The report, The Cumulative Impact Of Welfare Reform: A National Picture, says the impact of measures introduced after November 2016 will see the average low-income household containing a working-age disabled person lose £51.47 a week by 2020, compared with an average loss of £35.82 for households not containing a disabled person.

This will come on top of an average weekly loss of more than £20 for low-income households containing a working-age disabled person as a result of welfare reforms introduced pre-November 2016 – such as the benefit cap, cuts to housing benefit and the bedroom tax – although this figure does not take account of rising living costs.


Source: Welfare reform ‘will see £50 a week more cuts to 900,000 disabled people’ – Black Triangle Campaign

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Source: Helping People With Autism Communicate in a Disaster – Autism Parenting Magazine

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