DISCUSSION SECTION: WHAT ARE THE ROLES OF DHPs AS A RESPONSE TO THE…
DISCUSSION SECTION: WHAT ARE THE ROLES OF DHPs AS A RESPONSE TO THE BEDROOM TAX?
SETTING THE CONTEXT
NECESSITY AND IMPORTANCE
How important are DHPs as a response to the bedroom tax?
How have DHPs evolved?
Number of Awards
Why have these changes occured?
Introduction of the bedroom tax and benefit cap.
Change in what DHPs can be used for.
Increase in the necessity for DHPs
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Primary mitigation mechanism - "only viable mitigating mechanism for many of the claimants affected by the government's flagship welfare reforms" (Meers, Panacean Payments)
Wider literature suggests this too.
What does 'sticking plaster mean?'
GOOGLE DEFINITION -- a temporary and inadequate solution to a serious problem
DHP awards are designed to be temporary relief.
Meers identifies time constraints to be a clear manifestation of DHPS temporary nature on the nature of awards.
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This belief that DHPs are inadequate, stems back to advisors belief that it is the bedroom tax as a whole that is the overwhelming problem - and that DHPs can never overcome the issues with this system.
when Angela noted that 'it's the system' - that was when she went on to introduce me to the problem of housing stock. Therefore, for angela, when the bedroom tax has this problem of housing stock restrictions, DHPs can never provide the support needed - especially when you consider them alongside the negative experiences of those affected by the bedroom tax..
Shelter People also say.
One area of dispute - Meers (YORK) says: Their treatment has slowly evolved from a temporary sticking plaster, to sitting
within Art1/1 and being described as an ‘integral part of housing benefit entitlements.’
But my research suggests it can still be both.