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London council wants to send its homeless to the north

by Tom Walker
Issue No. 2325

One of the Haringey council slides

One of the Haringey council slides

Haringey council in north London is planning to move residents to the north—and even produced a PowerPoint presentation with a motorway sign to prove it (see picture, above).

Phil Harris, the Labour council’s deputy director of community housing, delivered the presentation to a landlords’ forum in the borough on 20 September.

It spells out how the Tories’ benefits cap will make housing unaffordable for tenants. The cap is £350 a week for single people and £500 a week for couples. But the only solution it offers is for the council to send them off to “cheaper accommodation” in the north of England.

The picture of a motorway sign appears in two slides. Two further slides compare London rents to those in Birmingham and Bradford. The presentation was available on the council’s website, but has since mysteriously disappeared.

It also noted that 90 percent of those affected by the benefits cap have children. Two thirds of those affected by the cap have three or more children.

Under the plans a couple with four children would likely only be able to afford £111 a week in rent, the council estimates. And there is a map showing the most affected part of the borough—Tottenham.

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Tue 16 Oct 2012, 16:05 BST
Issue No. 2325
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