A housing crisis? Punish the poor

Fear and Loathing in Great Britain

27_july_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,504

Wednesday 27 July 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

One could be forgiven for thinking that a government report, the 2014/15 English Housing Survey, that found 57,485 households had fallen behind on their rent due to the bedroom tax, might be a matter of concern for the government and that this might be flagged up as a matter requiring urgent attention. Instead, as the Mirror reports, it was dumped (released), along with more than 300 other documents on the day that parliament closed for its six week summer break.

It should not need saying, but clearly the circumstances necessitate it, that each one of these households is a household in distress, right now, and for every day that passes without action to alleviate that distress. It is not clear how many of these households are facing eviction or the threat of eviction, but…

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