Fergus Wilson Panorama documentary – now available on iPlayer22:10 PM, 18th March 2019
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The Manchester Evening News recently published an article on the cost – and dire state – of temporary accommodation provided by the council. Click here
“Lauren Edwards, team leader at Shelter’s Manchester branch, has seen her family casework double in 12 months, to just under 700 last year.
She says ‘section 13’ notices, when landlords evict tenants at the end of their 12-month lease in order to put up the rent, are becoming an increasingly major factor – as well as ‘section 21’ evictions, when the landlord simply wants the house back, often to sell it.
Lauren stresses rising rents in south Manchester are not confined to the traditionally ‘posh’ areas like Didsbury and Chorlton.
“It’s happening in places you wouldn’t necessarily expect, such as Moss Side, Hulme, Rusholme.”
As a result, the council has seen rocketing numbers of families coming through its door, particularly from south Manchester.
After first placing them in a bed & breakfast or hotel, it will then move them into temporary housing, usually provided by a private letting agency receiving a fixed rate of more than £200 a week in rent.
Manchester council’s expenditure on such accommodation has risen six-fold in the past five years, according to its FOI response: from £1.6m to just under £10m”
“Manchester council spends a lot on bed & breakfast accommodation for homeless people. In 2013, its hotel bill was £650,000. Five years later, it is £3m.”
So the combined total has gone up from £2,250,000 to just under £13,000,000, an increase of 478% in five years.
Landlords are selling up or putting rents up, and the poorest people are being made homeless. This was predicted in July 2015 when Section 24 was announced by George Osborne. A milder version had been introduced in Ireland; it was repealed this year because of increased homelessness. Click here
When will our government come to its senses and repeal Osborne’s lunatic tax?
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