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!