Mainly because if you didn't laugh at this pathetic attempt to drum up sympathy for those affected by the government benefit cuts, you’d cry…
Councils such as Brent are also struggling because, in 2011, the government cut what they could pay private landlords.
Laurence Coaker, Brent's head of housing needs, said some private landlords were losing £200 or £300 a week, so they evicted tenants and refused to relet their accommodation to the council.
"By putting on a cap, which is for the whole country, it hasn't worked for London or the South East," he said.
"What we're having to do is to find accommodation which the households can afford by claiming the housing benefit, but that's outside of Brent, and families don't want to go there, understandably, because they've lived in Brent all their lives."Well, it turns out, ‘all their lives’ is a bit of hyperbole in a lot of cases:
Large families, such as that of Awes Osman, who originally came from Somalia and has lived in Brent for 23 years, are worst hit.‘Large families’..? On benefits? Well, why not? The taxpayer’s paying!
He has seven children and the rent for his four-bedroom house was around £500 a week, but that is the total amount of benefits he received after the cap. The council believed his only option was moving to cheaper accommodation, in Birmingham.
"I've never been to Birmingham. We lose everything if we go to Birmingham. If we lose the school, that will be the biggest damage. And we have to lose our job as well. I live all my entire life in London," he said.You’d ‘never been to England’ at one time, but you sure adapted well to that, didn't you?