Saturday, 01 November 2014

Homeless Londoners face move to Hull

A London council is considering rehoming people in Yorkshire following a surge of people in emergency accommodation.

Croydon Council in south London, has seen the number of families it houses in emergency bed and breakfast accommodation rise from 61 families in 2008 to 300.

Caps to local housing allowance, benefit paid to private rented sector tenants, and job losses due to the financial crisis are thought to be behind the increase.

The council is now looking at housing people in other parts of the country where rents are cheaper and there are more homes available. The authority insists it will not attempt to move people to other areas without their consent.

Dudley Mead, cabinet member for housing, finance and asset management, said: ‘We don’t seem to be able to raise the supply of temporary accommodation. I told officers to look outside Croydon to find housing, we will take it from wherever we can.

‘At the moment we are talking about the north and some of the Yorkshire towns.’

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  • But what if people are Londoners and don't want to leave? This is social cleansing.

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  • F451

    "This is not social cleansing" - Grant Shapps 2010.

    Wasn't Croydon meant to recieve the thousands displaced from the centre of London by this ghettoisation of the poor law - so is this decant to the north to make way for the influx?

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  • Joe Halewood

    Havent they already done this in past to Crewe(?) from memory?

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  • This is going to kill vulnerable people. Grant Schapps and his Tory colleagues are treating the poor like cattle. It is obscene, the way these privileged people treat us all.

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  • C'mon Sense

    To be fair Croydon to Hull is quite a simlar swap, it's just cheaper to live in Hull. Didn't Croydon announce a regen project in which the skyline would compare with Barcelona - a bit of work to do yet!!

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  • F451

    Are there direct rail links between Croydon and Hull for the trucks to use or will they need to travel by road?

    Has the government procured enough trucks for this, or will it be another PFI?

    Maybe they should make the poor walk - it will do them good and probably require less housing at the destination.

    No doubt there will be those who claim this is all in the National Interest. Perhaps the words Affordable and Zoning should be worked into that phrase.

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  • One the positive side, the number of empty homes in Hull will be reduced.......

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  • C'mon Sense

    Before we all get excited lets not forget "The authority insists it will not attempt to move people to other areas without their consent."

    And as they're running out of accommodation it's that or the street (cue argument for "well if they build more council/social/free housing and/or didn't have RTB we wouldn't be in this mess").

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  • OK, enough of the teeth gnashing - it clearly states it won't move people without their consent, and clearly iut's a breach of someones human rights and would be destroyed by a judicial review were they to do it against someone's wishes.

    Whisper it, but it might actually be a better, cheaper way of living in Hull. There are plenty of people in London without family ties there - New Communities for example, they might think it's a better option.

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  • F451

    So if they do not consent, with nowhere local that they can afford they remain on the streets and the homes remain empty C'mon Sense.

    Are you happy with that?

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