Christmas Private on the Massive Increase in Homelessness

The Christmas edition of Private Eye, for the 21st December 2013 – 9 January 2014 also carried a story about the massive increase in homelessness under the Coalition, and the problems this poses for Grant Shapps’ policy of having local authorities house them in the private sector.

‘Room At The Inn

The housing charity Shelter has been telling anyone who will listen that around 80,000 children in England will spend this Christmas homeless and in temporary accommodation. Some 2,000 of those families with children are in bed breakfast hotels (for which local authorities pay through the nose), 790 of these families beyond the six-week legal limit.

In 2011 Grant Shapps, then housing minister and now Conservative Party chairman, announced the solution to this problem: give local authorities the flexibility to offer homeless families a tenancy in the private rented sector.

Alas, the number of families accepted as homeless since the election is up by 34 percent – a rise fuelled by the shortage of social housing, cut in housing benefit and, er, the high cost of private rents. The private rented sector is in fact the fastest growing source of homelessness. The number of families becoming homeless after losing a private assured shorthold tenancy has more than doubled in England in the past three years, and more than quadrupled in London.

With the supposed solution to homelessness itself fuelling homelessness, the effects of the coalition’s latest wheeze are likely to be bleak: an extra £100m announced in the autumn statement to spend on increasing Right to Buy sales – which will get rid of any remaining social housing even faster.’

But perhaps we shouldn’t expect anything less from Grant Shapps. This is the man, who has repeatedly shown his complete indifference and contempt for the poor, the homeless and the unemployed. He is only interested in them if a private company can make money out of them. And he doesn’t seem too scrupulous in the realm of business morals. He did, after all, set up one of his companies under a false identity, which constitutes fraud.

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3 Responses to “Christmas Private on the Massive Increase in Homelessness”

  1. Mike Sivier Says:

    Reblogged this on Vox Political.

  2. jaypot2012 Says:

    Horrible man that Shapps – and like most of the coalition, another fraud!

  3. Christmas Private on the Massive Increase in Ho... Says:

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