Demand for numbers of displaced London tenants
Labour’s shadow housing minister and shadow minister for London have written to London councils asking for information on how many people are being housed in accommodation outside London.
Jack Dromey and Tessa Jowell composed the letter following revelations this week that some councils have been forced to place homeless families outside of London, as a result of the incoming caps to local housing allowance.
The MPs said that the combination of a lack of homes being built in the capital and changes to housing benefit, which will mean some private rented housing becomes unaffordable, is ‘toxic’.
‘[This] will put even more pressure on the London boroughs and make it more difficult for you to do your job of providing decent housing for those who live and work in our city,’ the letter added.
The Labour team hope to gather information on where London boroughs are housing people.
‘Soaring rents and collapsing affordable house building are making families homeless and forcing them to move hundreds of miles from home but we don’t know the full picture. That’s why we’ve written to all London councils to see just how many families are being forced to pack their bags and move away from their families, friends, schools and work as a result of the government’s policies,’ Mr Dromey said.
They have also written to housing minister Grant Shapps to ask about further assessment of housing supply and affordability in London, and any assessment on the number of families in the capital which may be affected by changes to LHA.
Ms Jowell added: ‘This government’s misguided and shambolic approach to housing is clearly forcing some councils – both Labour and Conservative - to seek alternatives outside London to rehouse families. It cannot be fair that people who call London their home have to leave the city they love because they can’t afford to live here.’