Direct Democracy proposal for Health

Secure Housing Benefit payments for the mentally ill

Should the People's Administration install direct democracy, we propose that housing benefit payments made on behalf of claimants who are suffering from any form of mental illness be made directly to landlords and housing associations as standard.

We have become aware of an ever-increasing number of mentally ill claimants who fail to maintain payments to landlords due to reasons connected to nothing more than simple personal mismanagement and not through will or intent. Some of these people have become homeless due to simple mistakes not being tolerated by landlords and when the incapacitated are made homeless, they also automatically lose up to around 40% of their benefits simply for not having a fixed address and - even if the payments are made directly into the claimant's bank account.

Incidentally, the issue of homelessness across the US has been solved by an outsider - not by an elected politician! Unfortunately and due to the UK electorate's deeply misguided belief that politicians are problem solvers, the UK electorate effectively voted in 2015 to maintain homelessness in the UK.

Direct Democracy - Alex Romane and Homelessness

Direct Democracy - Homelessness

Councils are now criminalising the homeless

As all UK councils insist upon making payments directly to claimants only and not directly to landlords, the combined actions of neglectful and unhelpful councils and uncompassionate landlords is throwing already vulnerable people onto the street and slashing their remaining benefit.

In the following case, a private tenant who was made homeless by Birmingham City Council's rent payment policy and who suffers with Trigeminal Neuralgia [the world's most painful disease and the most painful affliction known to man] and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome told us the following;

"Birmingham City Council were paying my rent directly to my landlord while I was off work due to illness and they had been doing so since I moved in. After a few months, they wrote to me telling me that they were going to stop making the payments directly to my landlord and were going to start paying me instead - leaving me to have to make the payments myself. In a normal state, things like this would be a no-brainer but this isn't the case if you suffer from trigeminal neuralgia and post traumatic stress syndrome as I do. I wrote to them asking why they were going to stop and telling them of how I would be likely to make mistakes with my rent if they left me to make the payments myself. I asked them of what difference it made to them as the process is the same but just into a different bank account - my landlord's but, they refused to tell me why and just reiterated their initial statement. I appealed and I made them aware that I suffered from depression, post traumatic stress syndrome and trigeminal neuralgia - it's a brain disease, but it made no difference. I resent completely that I felt I had to disclose the nature of my illnesses to them and I resent them so much because even after this, their attitude was the same and they again refused to explain to me as to why they wouldn't continue with direct payments. Within 3 months of them paying me instead of my landlord, I messed up. I was in a different part of the city the day I had to pay my rent and I went to a branch of my landlord's bank that unknown to me at the time, had closed down some months before. I spoke with him on the phone letting him know what had happened and that his rent would be a day late. He was fuming but said he'd give me the benefit of the doubt. The next day, as I was counting his rent money before leaving to deposit it into his bank, he called me warning me that I better have his rent and that I better not have fobbed him off the day before. Under the pressure, I accidentally left a twenty pound note on the sofa where I sat counting his money. I went to his bank and made a manual deposit into the hole in the wall and wrote the full amount down on the accompanying slip. It wasn't until the next day when my landlord called telling me it was twenty pounds short and that he was issuing an eviction notice - which he did that same day, that I realised my mistake. Being that I wasn't prepared for this, I didn't have the money for a deposit and fees on a new place and I have no family and so I have been living on the street ever and sofa surfing since and yes - with my neuralgia and post traumatic stress and, even though my landlord was a complete b******, I blame the council completely for knowingly and willingly making me vulnerable to homelessness - where I now find myself stuck and getting more ill every month. The final kick in the teeth was that if you're on Incapacity-related benefits and you lose your home, you also lose the Incapacity Benefit-related portion of your income. I made an innocent mistake, was thrown onto the street while suffering from the world's most painful disease - they call it Suicide Disease, and lost 40% of my Income Support - all because Birmingham City Council refused to maintain something they were already doing that had no cost to them and, without ever stating a reason. You'll understand if I question if this was part of some kind of campaign but I think that in reality that what has happened to me must have also happened to others too. I even found out that I could sue and that they could end up paying a lot in additional compensation because of what has happened to me since but, I thought it was more important that I called you with this and saved it to counter-sue if they ever harass or intimidate me or you for writing about this. People have to know about their utter brutality."

The People's Administration cites Birmingham City Council as an example of how habitual this practice has become and who at the same time, have repeatedly failed to explain to us why they choose to make the payments to the claimants instead of directly to the landlords when the process and cost is exactly the same for both.

It is known that once someone is living on the street, they have an increased risk of developing mental illness and so what chance does someone who is already mentally unwell have? We also believe as our source does; that this is part of a secret money-saving policy designed to target the highly vulnerable.

PA direct democracy comment: Birmingham City Council - hypocrites and thieves

Voting for direct democracy outside a general election

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It is up to us, the people [not the politicians] to use the power that we have always had, to choose to implement direct democracy as soon as possible.

This is not a protest campaign.

In accordance with Magna Carta Article 61 and with UN UDHR Article 21 and with all of the democratic principals up-held by the UN [which the UK has signed-up to], the people already have the lawful right to reform to direct democracy - even outside a general election.