The wealthy squat on unused land & empty homes squeezing low income tenants out of London or into homelessness

17 July 2017

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  

I learned late on Friday that the Cabinet decision to create the HDV with Lend Lease has been called in and will be considered by your committee on the evening of Monday 17th July. As I have not had time to assemble 10 signatures I am therefore asking your Committee to take into account the following concerns about rehousing the tenants of the council's Northumberland Park Estate..
 
A month after the Grenfell disaster only nine households from the block have been rehoused; another 28 have accepted offers of temporary accommodation but 148 families remain in hotels.
 
It seems important for the committee to note that rehousing Grenfell tenants is proving difficult and slow partly because they are severely traumatised and partly because there is a diminishing stock of affordable housing to rent due to regeneration and greedy speculation in London. 
 
Moving tenants out of Northumberland Park will not be done in the wake of a tragic and avoidable fire but Haringey Council's already deprived tenants will suffer the trauma of losing their homes to demolition and parting with school friends. Finding homes for them will also be severely hampered by the diminishing stock of affordable housing to rent due to regeneration and greedy speculation in London.  Haringey's resources, unlike Kensington & Chelsea's, show no sign, as yet, of being reinforced by a central government task force. 
 
Haringey will be competing with Kensington & Chelsea, and other councils, for that reduced stock of affordable homes to rent in London. 
 

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, 

Paul Nicolson, 

Rev Paul Nicolson, 

Taxpayers Against Poverty, 

 

Ten blogs on affordable housing by 

Stephen Hill MRICS Churchill Fellow, Prof Danny Dorling University of Oxford, Fred Harrison Land Research Trust, Alison Gelder Housing Justice. 

Nine blogs on health equality 

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 

 

TAP/APPG on poverty Health Equality Seminar - Register

6-8 PM THURSDAY 20TH JULY PORTCULLIS HOUSE, WESTMINSTER  SW1A 2JR. 

Chair: Baroness Molly Meacher, Crossbench

Speakers.  

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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