To the Haringey Council Cabinet, LendLease and Tottenham Hotspur

Taxpayers Against Poverty has sent the submission below to the UN special rapporteur on human rights and extreme poverty who will be visiting the UK from the 6th to 16th November.

Tottenham Hotspur Football club wants to the Council and Lend Lease to demolish a 300 council homes to buld a posh walkwak from a new White Hart Lane Station to their new arena in Tottenham. 

The UK is of course signed up to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article 25 is relevant to the unacceptable and inadequate treatment planned for homeless families in temporary accommodation by Tottenham Hotspur, LendLease and Haringey Council on the Love Lane Council Estate. 

  1. Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
  2. Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

It is profoundly worrying that planners have not tried to match the amount of council housing being built in Haringey to the number of existing council tenants displaced by regeneration plus the ever increasing number of homeless families evicted from the private rented sector. Council Housing provides the only truly affordable homes for low income families or individuals. 

The increasing numbers of homeless families in temporary accommodation to 54,540 in London and to 4,400 in Haringey needs new responses from national, GLA and local government. The local authorities pressing on with business as usual for homeless families will not do.
 
Many homeless families spend several years of their children's education being forced to moved from one building to another in a failed housing market. Children are impacted by the misery and insecurity of temporary accommodation. Moving house once is upsetting but they are forced to do it several times. One family three times in the last nine moths. 

There is a longing for a secure home which the all the authorities have a moral if not a legal duty satisfy with all the power available to them. 


Shunting low income families from demolished council housing into escalating private sector rents will inevitably force more and more families into rent arrears, eviction, homelessness and then temporary accommodation.     

With best wishes,

Paul


Submission to UN rapporteur on human rights and extreme poverty

Further to our previous submission we hope your find this example of the dire plight of London families in temporary accommodation, and our concern about the lack of viable policies to house the homeless, helpful to your UK inquiries. TAP is currently working with and for this couple and their two children. We have helped two other families in the same circumstances. There are 1000s of them. Lord Bird is crying out for the single homeless.
The life crushing experience of temporary accommodation in the UK and London Housing market.  Rev Paul Nicolson – Taxpayers Against Poverty

There are over 3000 homeless families housed by Haringey Council in temporary accommodation in the borough and over another 1000 housed outside the borough according to Trust for London.  Neither Haringey Council
,
 nor the GLA
, nor central government
 have 
viable 
policies which will , as a priority, build  over 4000 more council homes on Haringey council land to meet the demand for truly affordable homes for the borough's homeless. The council makes deals for wealthy developers to profit from the inflated market prices of homes built for the private sector on council land.

We are currently working with and for a couple with two children aged 15 and 21.  They applied for social housing in 2007 when the children were 2 and 10.  Their application was accepted and they received a user name and pin number from the council.  They were told it would take ten years before they get a permanent home. An estate agent helped them into a temporary three bed roomed house with a garden. Two months later it was repossessed by a mortgage company.  They were evicted into an assured short-hold tenancy for eight years. They were not informed by Haringey Council that their application for permanent accommodation had been destroyed.  In March 2016 the landlord wanted the property to sell. They approached the Haringey Homeless Advice who told them to come back on the day of eviction.  

They went back as instructed in the day the bailiffs arrived. They carried all the possessions they could cram into two suit cases. Their furniture went into storage. They waited for eight hours before they were placed in the Northumberland Park Hostel. It is a dirty place in which homeless single men and families are on the same floor. It took a solicitor to get them moved.  When they arrived in yet another “home” it was empty. Their furniture had not arrived. Human waste from the upstairs toilet leaked through the downstairs light fitting. Yet again the solicitors intervened and they were moved into the Love Lane Estate, which is due to be demolished. That is to make way for a new walkway from the new White Hart Lane station to the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. They, and the 170 other tenants in temporary accommodation will then be moved on again in the life crushing experience of temporary accommodation in the UK and London Housing market. Taxpayers Against Poverty is supporting the newly founded Temporary Accommodation Group Love Lane, aka @TAGLoveLane

The English picture reported by the House of Commons Library is scandalous. The most recent official statistics, published on 27 June 2018, recorded 79,880 households in temporary accommodation at the end of March 2018, the twenty-seventh quarter that the number of households in temporary accommodation has risen. That includes 123,230 children. A 65% increase since the first quarter of 2010.  54,540 (68%) were placed in temporary accommodation in London; all living in fear of the next move which might be anywhere in England.