After nearly a decade of Tory Government it is useful to have some sort of oversight as to the type of society the Tories have constructed during their tenure in office.
Housing and low income. The return of Victorian Slums
Leading housing academics -Jugg and Rhodes have produced a report. Listed below are some of the findings
“90% of the 1.4 million households renting on low incomes in England are being put at risk by harmful living conditions or pushed below the poverty line by rents they cannot afford
30% living in non-decent homes
10% living in overcrowded properties
85% being pushed into poverty after paying their rent.
People are living in conditions of the sort reported on by Engels in the 19th century. They are paying rent to speculator landlords. There is squalor and overcrowding as well as constant threat of eviction.
The most striking thing is the complete inability of people to do anything about their predicament.
20 years ago there was a chance you could get into social housing. But now there is very little hope.
Welfare reforms have driven housing benefit and the housing element of UC below the level of the cheapest private rents in the entire country except for a tiny amount of areas.
Poor renters are likely to be living with damp, disrepair and dangerous hazards.
They cannot vote with their feet because they can’t afford anything better.
Research based on data from Dept. Housing etc.
Observer 14/04 /19
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