Families driven out of London homes
I read a report on February 14 that the London Borough of Camden will shortly be contacting 731 families in their area (these families include 900 children) to advise them that as a result of the Government's benefit cap they will no longer be able to afford their current accommodation or any other home in the south-east.
In Westminster, 2,327 households would be affected. There are 33 London boroughs.
I understand that the Borough of Camden has been contacting towns and cities up to 200 miles from London in order to find cheaper accommodation, Leicester being one these.
Housing would be just one of the disruptions facing displaced families if this Government policy is fully implemented.
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Employment, education, and health will be some of the other services called upon by families being uprooted. Is Leicester or any other city or town in a position to assist the London boroughs?
The Government argues those in work should always be better off than those out of work – hence the cap on benefits.
It seems not to take into account the cost of living in London and the high rents. It is argued the poor will be displaced and London will become a city for the rich.
It seems the Government is quick to implement ill thought-through policies and leave local authorities to provide, or not, from reduced budgets.
No Government should be instrumental in making people homeless – it should provide support and stability for its citizens.
In my view, we should welcome all people to our city but resist policies driving out people from their homes.
Paul Martin, Leicester.