Comment on: Shapps issues B&B warning to councils
Shapps and his cronies must be the only people surprised by the increase in use of B&B for Temporary Accommodation (TA)!
Most areas of London now have rental prices above LHA rates, meaning that less than 3 of out 10 properties are affordable for LHA claimants. Add to the mix people refusing to relocate to affordable areas (as they are outside of the M25), London LA's unable to access Private Rented Sector properties in-borough due to rents exceeding LHA caps, single claimants aged under 35 being forced into rent arrears due to a lack of Houses of Multiple Occupation for them to move into as their LHA drops to Shared Accommodation Rate, the ridiculous reintroduction of Right To Buy and the impact of the impending Benefit Cap - Shapps has created the perfect housing storm in the capital.
Comment on: Shapps slams plans to move tenants out of London
Shapps is obviously an idiot. If he'd have looked into the LHA eligibility and caps issues, he would have realised that it was the beginning of a process of 'social cleansing' and the demonising of 25-34 year olds. Who am I kidding? He knew what the outcome would be, and is now faking outrage at Newham's enquiries - what did he think the Localism Act was set up for?
By lowering the LHA rate to the 30th percentile, capping LHA overall and forcing 25-34yr olds to move into shared accommodation (read 'room shares'), claimants in Olympic boroughs have no chance of finding affordable privately rented properties. With the influx of young professionals, does anyone seriously believe that rents will decrease significantly after the Olympics? Like petrol prices, rents will just keep creeping up!
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