On April 2021, I received an email from shelter saying that they had helped a woman challenge letting agents and win in court!
Saying this: “On 29 March, the judge at Worthing County Court declared by consent that the letting agents had unlawfully discriminated against Hayley.” Hayley was the lady Shelter had helped!
Now as a person who has been abused psychologically, and seen hundreds of others put through the same pain by the London’s councils. As a person who was made homeless by an abusive and criminal council called, Hammersmith and Fulham. I said, oh well,. That is a victory!
“Good news” I said, “they achieved something!”
But then I made a search across Spare Room, Gumtree and Open Rent and I found out facts that show that still discrimination exists.
And not only that. I further found out that there had been created NEW RULES to further abuse low-paid workers and the unemployed people. And discriminate against them, so to entertain the feelings of the rich landlords. And assure them over 120% that their rent is paid easily!
Tenant.ref.co.uk, for example, confirmed to me over the phone, in a recorded phone call, that you need to get over £22,000 in order to get a room in W6, Hammersmith.
But according to the U.K gov, inside the Greater London, you need to earn £296.35 per week (£15,410 a year) if you’re a single adult for a living.
While more specifically, according to the Universal Credit, the monthly entitlement for a single person living in W6 and renting a room is £1,036.53. That is around £12,432.
So why has tenantref.co.uk created a minimum of £22,000 of earnings in order to be able and rent a room or roof over your head in Hammersmith, London?
As a matter of fact, the referencing agencies have created their own rules to leave people on benefits and low-paid workers outside in the open. That means unable to rent. Discriminating and torturing and humiliating any basic human ideal whatsoever. And doing that under the watch and the support of the U.K Media monopolies, Politics and councillors of the London councils.
Further, the truth is that it is not the first time that the U.K government makes laws to support upper classes or leaves room for abuse of the low-paid workers or of the poor. This is a history of over 500 years that continues the same. Unchallenged in depth and continuously creating new ways of oppression and abuse of power.
Shelter has some ideas for change,. But their ideas are not complete and are wrong and manipulate people. So they are manipulating people to pay them money. But they do nothing important. For their ideas are basic and ridiculous.
In the above email, Shelter manipulates people in saying: “For every £1 you donate, £79p goes towards helping people struggling with bad housing and homelessness.”
Even though, they explain in their website that this is only theoretical support. Here in the email do not mention that it is only ADVICE that they provide. That is they do not provide housing or as such things for the oppressed.
So manipulating people and making them donate through lies.
Further, in a campaign called, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: Demand better from renting, in there, Shelter says: “We must call on government to ensure this new law scraps unfair Section 21 evictions and creates a landlord database – so the stress and anxiety that come with the uncertainty of renting finally ends.”
Very basic is their thinking. It contains no specific ideas that demand change and showing how this change should be delivered.
Evictions cannot be scrapped. For if you scrap that, you scrap all the rights of private property and capitalism.
But here you can scrap discrimination against the unemployed and low-paid workers and enshrine PRISON sentence for those who discriminate for profit – landlords and agencies.
Further, their advice or campaign on EndDSSDiscrimination also lacks essential thinking and manipulates people into making them think that SHELTER is making change.
Thus people donate, shelter continues manipulate and they lie people making them think that SHELTER is fighting for real change. When in fact they have no ideas about REAL CHANGE.
Well, what is needed here to advice and bring change in our city?
So here is a need for a change in law to enshrine the rights of the low-paid workers and people in benefits in relation to shelter and housing.
And this can begin by first of all making referencing agencies to comply with the living standards of the people of London.
This compliance can be done or begin by respecting the earnings that I mentioned above, which are specified by the government. And by not abusing the living standards that are specified.
(for further read my blog – Enough Is Enough – Make Discrimination in the housing market against the unemployed and the poor unlawful by engraving our Human Basic Right for accommodation into a LAW – https://www.dracactivism.com/enough-is-enough-make-discrimination-in-the-housing-market-against-the-unemployed-and-the-poor-unlawful-by-engraving-our-human-basic-right-for-accommodation-into-a-law/ )
Now shelter people are saying is: Give us money or donate to us to fight for your rights.
And in one section of their website called, How we spend your money, Shelter says:
For every £1 you donate: 79p is spent directly on helping people through advice, support and campaign.”
That means they do not create a shelter for people, but advice, support and campaign.
But as a matter of fact, their advice is wrong. Their campaigns are ridiculous because they spend the money of people not for protests and a change in our laws, which is necessary. As landlords and agencies of this country are directly and openly discriminating.
So they spend people’s money dealing with certain individual cases. Which is pointless. And manipulative . For they make so much noise and get so much money and do bring no change in our society.
For a fight that is fair and just means a change in the law. A change that specifies the how and the what. and that does not leave it on the hand of the government the how and the what.
So SHELTER is not fighting for what is essential. And has no ideas to fight for this.
So they are saying donate to us, so we teach you how to live with discrimination . And abuse of our social power.
It is disgraceful; and sickening to see these charities abuse social power like this.
Therefore, I accentuate change here can be brought only through a law. Not through ideas that lie people and rob people of thousands of pounds that go on the pockets of these liars, manipulators and abusers of….