There is nothing fair about #temporaryaccommodation in the brutal #London #housingmarket. @HaringeyCouncil is throwing its council #tenants to the wolves. @TAGLoveLane

14 November 2018

TAGLoveLane deputation statement to Haringey Cabinet, 13th November 2018.

We want to remind the Cabinet of the Sedley principles of consultation set out in the Supreme Court decision in Moseley v Haringey. We are seeking an assurance that any consultation about the Land Lord offer on Love Lane estate will follow those principles and that all families in temporary accommodation on Love Lane estate will be allowed to respond to the consultation,  to vote in any related ballot and will be moved from Love Lane into their permanent accommodation.

TAGLoveLane is seeking permanent accommodation that is both truly permanent and truly affordable.

We are concerned that Councillors have not given due consideration to;

(a) The circumstances of 172 homeless families whom the council has moved into temporary accommodation in the Love Lane estate, after the permanent tenants are moved out, only to be moved on yet again before demolition. It cannot be right for one family to already have been moved three times in the past nine months or for children to be moving homes, schools and friends six or seven times throughout ten years of their education.  On principle one move into decent temporary accommodation ought to be enough. Being moved into a noisy building site only to be moved off it again is a compulsory move too many.

(b) Insufficient consideration has been given to damage to the health and well-being of low income families by trebling their rents when forcing those families to move out of £90 a week for two bed council rented accommodation to take private rented permanent accommodation at a minimum of £300 a week in N17  or £400 in N6. That is done under the threat of "intentional homelessness".

The council is throwing its council tenants to the wolves.

The march to the foodbank begins when the council forces council tenants to move from their £90 a week rents to the private sector rents of £300 a week. The trend towards forcing council tenants to take high rent private sector accommodation must be reversed. The council is throwing its council tenants to the wolves.

 

10-11

11-12

12-13

13-14

14-15

15-16

16-17

17-18

18-19

Private rented sector

56

35

30

55

52

65

73

167

98

Social housing

108

246

212

142

130

75

119

73

34

Council housing

365

434

347

336

253

220

226

221

31

 

Total                            529        715         589       533        435        360        418       469        163

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The council has suggested paying the difference between the rents to landlords for four years. That does not result in permanent secure affordable accommodation for a career teacher or nurse or anyone else seeking to put their roots down in a community and to make a contribution. We repeat TAGLoveLane is seeking permanent accommodation that is both truly permanent and truly affordable.

Truly affordable housing

We are also concerned that none of the definitions of affordable housing in Appendix C to your agenda are truly affordable. It is not only the rent that matters. For the health and wellbeing of low income men, women and children the minimum household income must be enough to buy a healthy diet, water, fuel, clothes, transport, participation in the community and other necessities, after the rent, council and income taxes are paid.

For example if the London living rent being developed by the Mayor if London is one third of local rents, in which council tax must be included if it is not abolished. We say the remaining two thirds of income are equally important. The two thirds must be enough to buy a healthy diet, water, fuel, clothes, transport, participation in the community and other necessities.  The necessary research about human needs is available from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

If a family takes on housing benefit simultaneously with being forced into private sector rents then their rents can push the family’s benefits over the government’s £442.31 a week London benefit cap leaving rent unpaid and to be paid out of that vital two thirds of income needed for essentials.

There are 4400 families in temporary accomodation 3200 inside and 1200 outside the bourough. The councii is committed to building only 1000 new council homes. There are no viable plans in Haringey to house the 4400 families in permanent homes soon if ever. 

There is nothing fair about temporary accommodation in the brutal London housing market.

 

The Sedley principles of consultation -  Supreme Court decision in Moseley v Haringey - see para 25.

First, that consultation must be at a time when proposals are still at a formative stage.  

Second, that the proposer must give sufficient reasons for any proposal to permit of intelligent consideration and response.

Third… that adequate time must be given for consideration and response and, 

Fourth, that the product of consultation must be conscientiously taken into account in finalising any statutory proposals.


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