Theresa may has only recently been made Britain’s second ever female Primeminister. Walking into David Cameron’s shoes, she is faced with the rising problem that homelessness that has been sweeping over Britain. Some may see this as a result of the ‘harsh’ cuts implemented by the Torys during David Cameron’s time in office. Being faced with the prospect of homelessness has had an extremely negative impact on British citizens, particularly those most vulnerable. Pressure has been mounting for Theresa May to begin resolving what can be known as a homelessness crisis in the UK, but how will she deal with something that has gotten so out of hand? And will she continue to make further cuts?
Now that Britain has left the EU, they have a job as a standalone country to maintain their international reputation. Failure to stop making further cuts to housing benefit, or to scrap the ones that are already in place risks damaging the international reputation Britain already has. The cuts that have been discussed will hit the most vulnerable people the hardest including veterans and the disabled and labour has stressed the importance in making sure the cuts that are already planned and in place, do not continue to go ahead. Many people rely on the housing funding scheme to keep their homes, and cuts could mean that even more people are on the streets of Britain, unable to afford shelter. There are all manner of people relying on the government for the safety of a home and Theresa May has been warned that by cutting allowances, she will be increasing the risk of the safety of those fleeing from domestic violence, as well as jeopardising the well-being of the mentally ill and the disabled. Many labour ministers are calling for Theresa May to completely reverse the changes and cuts that have previously been announced. Earlier in the year it was announced that the supported housing sector was to be exempt for one year for a planned rent reduction of 1%. Due to calls of unfairness and potential major damage being caused, Theresa May’s new government have agreed to review the proposed plans, taking into consideration their potential impact.
Shadow communities secretary Grahame Morris has expressed his concerns by saying that rather than just amending cuts, the government needs to stop all the cuts to housing benefit that are going to have devastating effects. Although during meetings Theresa May has agreed to delay the implementation of the caps, but Mr Morris thinks it is important that the idea is forgotten altogether, and totally reverse the decision. Questioning where the compassion lies, Mr Morris asked how government could possibly abandon the most vulnerable in society, and what will this say about the priorities of the government, when there are other, deeper issues going on in the UK? Whilst housing support may be costing the country money, it is known as a mark of a decent and civilised society, in particular to keep the covenant we have with veterans that once upon a time contributed so much to our country. Mr Morris has been keen to show Theresa May and her government that the cuts show a lack of compassion to those that actually deserve it. Morris reminded Theresa May of her speech on the steps of number 10 after her appointment, when she said that she strives for a country that works for everybody. However, May does indeed face pressure from both sides, with the Conservatives on the inside ignoring calls to slash the cuts and continuing with them. Once labelled the ‘nasty party’ by Theresa May herself, are the conservatives slowly but surely changing the new Primeminister’s opinions?
Despite fears of looming changes, if any caps were to go ahead they wouldn’t take effect until April 2018, which also leaves time for a decision to be overturned. Labour’s main concern is the security of those that may be left without homes after a housing benefit cut and therefore they are really fighting for a change.