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On 12 August 2013 the final stage of the rollout of the government's benefit cap started. The cap has been 'trialled' in Haringey and three other London boroughs, since April. In July, it then spread to areas which had low numbers of households affected. Now local authority areas with over 276 affected households will have the cap imposed: Chiefly the remaining London boroughs, along with high-rent areas in other cities around the country.
In the last few months, Haringey Solidarity Group and Haringey Housing Action Group have been getting information out to people who are likely to be affected. We've distributed over 5,000 leaflets at schools, job centres and the council's customer service centres. Now that this has gone national, we would like to encourage others, from around the country, to turn this into a national struggle.
- Published: 15 August 2013
Homes for Haringey new target in campaign against compulsory unpaid work
DIY chain Homebase has withdrawn from a controversial government scheme for jobseekers after a series of protests outside their store in Harringay Green Lanes.
The protests by Haringey Solidarity Group and others (1) targeted the 'workfare' scheme, under which some people claiming Jobseekers? Allowance have been forced to work, unpaid, in order to keep receiving
benefits. Refusal to take part may result in peoples? benefits being stopped. Last month this scheme to provide unpaid labour, that many call 'Workfare', was found to be operating in Haringey. The Homebase
store on Green Lanes had over 20 workfare placements and benefitted from 750 hours of unpaid labour every week.
- Published: 06 June 2013
- Published: 04 June 2013
On Thursday 10 May, over 15 people from Haringey and Brent travelled to Edgware Road to hold a protest outside the main offices of Genesis Housing Association - a major social landlord in the borough.
In April, the Conservative-Liberal coalition trialed a benefit cap on 4 London boroughs, one of which is Haringey. This has slashed the amount of benefits that the poorest in our borough can claim - meaning less money to spend on children, food, clothing and rent.
Genesis had recently sent out letters to 57 Haringey residents, informing them that they were beginning court proceedings to evict them, because the tenants were affected by these welfare reforms.
- Published: 10 May 2013