A couple of days ago I was on a Facebook group and I was given the horrifying news that new applicants of universal credit and PIP were being forced to get GRC’s (Gender recognition certificates) in order to receive benefits in their correct gender.
So what’s the shocker here. Well, for starters, if you are trans, you DO NOT LEGALLY NEED A GRC!
The DWP are saying that this is in line with both the passport office and to work out pensions. 1) you don’t need a GRC to change your gender on a passport and 2) your pensions are based on your national insurance details, which don’t need to be changed with a GRC.
Essentially since moving everything to universal credit, they have broken the equality act. Not only do you not need a GRC, you don’t even need to show it, and a demand to see it, is in fact breaking the law.
Oh yeah, and one thing…. Under 18s can’t get a GRC. You have to be at least 18 to apply for one.
If you think this is the first time under 18s have been fucked over by the government, know this. They are stopping housing benefits for 16-21 year olds.
That’s right. Homelessness is going to be increasing because 16-21 WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET HOUSING BENEFIT. Government has said that this is because they don’t want young people to live on a welfare state. I mean there isn’t such reasons as why young people would want to leave their homes, especially if they are LGBT.
Yep. As of this year, if you are a young person who is fleeing from domestic vilonce, persecution, abuse, drug adduction, or your parents kicked you out.. You will not be getting help trying to get housed.
So what about all the youth centres and hostels? Well thanks to government, their budgets have been slashed, and there are very little hostels actually running for young people. You are lucky if you actually get into ANY let alone a young person based one.
Also there are private company hostels running in cities, which the council pay for. Trust me when I say this though, living in them is HELL AS A YOUNG PERSON. I lived in several private company ones, and they are unregulated, charge the council for services they do not even provide and in some you are not even allowed guests or even doctors to visit. I used to live in some of the worst in Brighton and it was vile.
You know what, I knew this was coming. It was inevitable that young people were going to be screwed over, but that’s not entirely my issue with this. What I’m mad about, is that not one LGBT group is actually actively trying to stop this bullshit from happening. Not even Brighton’s biggest LGBT names.
It turns out, as per usual that LGBT working class and homeless people are best kept invisible. The thing is, we need to do something before we start seeing a huge spike in suicide, drug addiction and homelessness. In the UK we have let our young people down and we need to help them now!
We can’t have young people not be able to get housed and we can’t have trans people getting forced to out themselves when that practice is fucking illegal.
I normally wouldn’t beg for my posts to be shared around and be made viral, but I’m willing to make the exception for this. Please share this as much as you can. Get people questioning the fucking logic of this government and the safety of our young people.
After all the young people are going to be picking up our shit for years to come, let’s at least try and help them now.