The wealthy squat on unused land & empty homes squeezing low income tenants out of London or into homelessness
To The Chair, Haringey Council Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
I have profound concerns about the rehousing of council tenants whose homes will be demolished in Northumberland Park. The £30.5 million given to Spurs ought to be spent on the refurbishment of their homes
On the 5th July the Financial Times reported that "In 2015, members of the London Assembly found that the regeneration of 50 estates over the preceding 10 years had led to a net loss of 8,000 socially rented homes. This depletion took place even as the total number of homes on the sites almost doubled. “I don’t see how you can make it work,” said Professor Power, who instead advocates more refurbishment and better management of existing estates. “It’s the wrong model.” "
Shelter reports that greedy speculation results (Daily Telegraph 7th July) in only 52pc of detailed planning permissions granted for homes in London being completed within the last five years. That equals a shortfall of 106,968 homes un-built in that period. Add to that the rows of empty property "investments" in Belgravia and elsewhere and it is clear that greed reigns in London
Th majority of Labour Councillors who support Lend Lease would be serving their council tenants better if they were refurbishing their homes and campaigning against an anarchic London housing market which results in less and less affordable homes to rent, more and more homelessness, while the wealthy buy and squat on unused land and empty homes for private profit.
With good wishes,
Rev Paul Nicolson,
Taxpayers Against Poverty,
Stephen Hill MRICS Churchill Fellow, Prof Danny Dorling University of Oxford, Fred Harrison Land Research Trust, Alison Gelder Housing Justice.
Dr Angela Donkin Institute of Health Equity, Profs Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson Equality Trust, Maddy Power University of York, Carl Walker University of Brighton
6-8 PM THURSDAY 20TH JULY PORTCULLIS HOUSE, WESTMINSTER SW1A 2JR.
Chair: Baroness Molly Meacher, Crossbench
David Finch - Resolution Foundation,
Dr Angela Donkin – Institute of Health Equity
Professor Richard Wilkinson – Equality Trust
Professor Kate Pickett –, Equality Trust
Maddy Power – University of York
Carl Walker – University of Brighton
Rev Paul Nicolson – Taxpayers Against Poverty
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