More than 50,000 families have been silently shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years, an investigation by The Independent can reveal.If you’re imagining the final scene of ‘Fiddler On The Roof’ right about now, albeit less tuneful, then I think the ‘Indy’ has done its job…
The figures show an unprecedented number of families who cannot afford to find homes in their local area being uprooted from their neighbourhoods and dumped further and further away from the capital, cut off from their relatives and support networks.
The spike coincides with the Coalition’s introduction of the benefit cap and “bedroom tax”, both of which have made it significantly harder for poor people to afford housing in London.In the same way that those bastards at Bentley have made it ‘significantly harder’ for me to afford a really nice car…
Many of those hit by the cuts have accrued rent arrears and then been evicted, leaving them homeless.Oh, boy, you have to dig for some mention that they might actually have a bit of personal responsibility themselves, don’t you?
You’d almost think the Evil Tory Government™ was swooping on unsuspecting families like the Angel of Death upon Pharaoh’s citizenry, and taking everyone, not just the first born…
Tom Copley, Labour member of the London Assembly and deputy chair of the housing committee, warned that London was being “hollowed out” .
He said: “I’m appalled by these figures. This is social cleansing on an unprecedented scale. Boris Johnson pledged that we wouldn’t see thousands of families uprooted on his watch. Mixed communities are part of what makes London special. We don’t want to end up like Paris with all the rich people living in the centre and all the poorer people living around the edge.”Ah. The Royal ‘We’.
Well, frankly, I haven’t been asked, but if I was, I’d give a Gallic shrug and say ‘Why not?’…
I mean, apart from providing employment for inner London public sector workers, just what is this mystical benefit that low-income families provide London?
Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: “It’s shocking to see in black and white the sheer volume of homeless families being uprooted and sent miles away from their local area. Imagine losing your home and then being forced to pack your bags and wave goodbye to schools, jobs, and everyone you know – this is the reality for thousands of families in London.
“It’s the housing shortage that has created this crisis, and the only way to escape it for good is for the next government to build the affordable homes we so desperately need.”You’d almost have to wonder what this cretin thinks happens when a non-benefit claimant loses/changes their job and can no longer afford the area they currently live in, wouldn’t you? Do they too not have to ‘wave goodbye to schools, jobs, and everyone you know’..?
Or do they just not count, being self-financing, and so not providing employment for the likes of Robb..?
Javed Khan, chief executive of Barnardo’s, said: “The scale of this is alarming. We are calling on the next government to ensure that the benefits system is adequate to protect vulnerable families, not punish them.”It’s not ‘punishment’ if I can’t afford a Bentley on a Land Rover salary, Javid. It’s called ‘economising’.
And it’s about time the government did what everyone else has to do, and stop handing out ‘free’ money to the benefit junkies.
Frankly, London’s better off without them.