Street Homelessness Soars … and we haven’t seen anything yet

The number of people sleeping rough in London has soared by 43% in just 12 months latest figures reveal.  Homeless Charity Broadway said 5,678 people slept on the streets between March 2011 and April, up from 3,975 the previous year.

This shocking rise has happened in the year of the sacred Olympics despite Boris Johnson’s pledge to end rough sleeping in the capital by the end of the year.  Boris has also previously claimed that he ‘wouldn’t allow Kosovo style social cleansing on his watch’ and then proceeded to do fuck all as the housing benefit caps were brought in, creating an exodus of the lowest income families from central London.

Some homelessness project workers have reported a huge rise in those under 35 unable to find homes.  Under new Housing Benefit rules, those under 35 are only eligible for a room in a shared house.  No assessment was done to examine whether their were enough properties of this type, at an affordable level, to ensure this brutal change did not force people onto the streets.

The tragic reality is that these figures represent the tip of the iceberg and there is far worse to come.  The figures are based on a ‘street count’ by outreach workers and at best represent a rough guess of the minimum figures.  Those sleeping rough outside of Central London, in parks, derelict buildings or anywhere else hidden from view are not included in the figures.  The tens of thousands of people in hostel, night-shelter or B&B accommodation, in squats or sleeping on friends sofas are also not included and reveal that the homelessness and street homelessness crisis is only just getting started.

The Housing Benefit caps have still not been fully introduced for existing tenants, whilst even those who have faced the cut will not necessarily become homeless overnight.  The number of households applying for Local Authority support due to becoming homeless has risen recently by 16%.

Homeless Link, an umbrella organisation of homelessness charities, also report that 4000 emergency bed spaces for homeless people have been lost due to government cuts.

But still this toff Government aren’t happy.  The overall benefit cap, which will see London as a whole become unaffordable for larger families, will not take effect until next April.  Iain Duncan Smith’s Universal Credit, set to be introduced in 2014 in his dreams, will reduce protection for owner-occupiers who find themselves unable to work, by stripping back support for help with mortgage interest payments.  The new sanctions regime could see hundreds of thousands of people, many with children, plunged into levels of poverty not seen in generations in the UK.  Next year the squatting ban will begin to take effect, whilst Cameron’s intention to cut Housing Benefit for those under 25 will create unprecedented youth homelessness.

Meanwhile rents are rising as no-one can afford to buy a home anymore.  It is possible that the influx of Housing Benefit claimants into less expensive areas is further driving up prices as demand for cheaper properties soars.  The Housing Benefit bill keeps getting bigger despite the savage cuts.  This Government seems intent on driving the low waged, disabled, unwell or unemployed from their homes whatever the cost.

A demonstration has been called by the Right To Work Campaign (I know) against the proposed Housing Benefit cuts for those under 25.

Bring placards and cardboard boxes and meet opposite Downing Street at 11am this Wednesday 4th July.

15 responses to “Street Homelessness Soars … and we haven’t seen anything yet

  1. Shanty towns coming to a city near you soon.

  2. I happened to be working at a homeless shelter during the 1980’s-this is horrifyingly familar-the current Leader of H of C-described the homeless as the people you stepped over when going to the opera

  3. its discusting whot they doing to people and i wish it was them on the roads instead to give them a taste of whot they dishing out welcome to britain in 2012 jeff3

  4. No matter how the movies “glamorise” it, once you are on the street it is game over – Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie are not going to come to your rescue. If you do survive i.e. you don’t starve or get beaten to death, the damage done to your physical, mental and emotional health will ensure you will never be able to recover. This is serious stuff people. Being thrown onto the street is an extremely traumatising experience. Try just ONE day sleeping rough. Anyone who supports these evil policies should be thrown in the Thames with a concrete block round their neck.

  5. No worries, the homeless will be disenfranchised so the Inglorious Leader will be assured of another five years of solo mayhem from 2015. Blair beguiled the nation(s) with the “things can only get better” mantra and carelessly laid the foundations for the worse than anyone living has ever seen society :(

    • The brutality is definitely going to “step up a gear” after 2015, this is just the “warm-up” phase; the untermenschs will be completely obliterated come 2020. Welcome to the Brave New World!

      • David Edwards

        I noticed how quickly Cameron eschewed the normal right in Europe such as Sarkozy and Merkl bonding instead with the the neonazis

  6. Eric Greenwood

    they will move the poor up north, as londoners know theres nothing worthwhile up north..

  7. Large increase in homeless in Hastings, some with small children. Still they can’t vote and any contact with authorities means the threat of Social Services. So they don’t pose a threat… Nice one IDS, thanks “Lord” Freud, and thanks for helping them James (call me Jim) Purnell…

  8. Kate Middleton to Sleep Rough for Charity http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/kate-middleton-to-sleep-rough-on-streets-945025 WTF is this all about? Has Kate being reading the JV blog? A pang of conscience at her own privileged lifestyle? Yeah, homelessness is going to be real big, Kate. You can borrow my 60inch Samsung box if you want, Kate :-) lol Fucking Royals – don’t know they are born!

  9. https://www.facebook.com/groups/antibedroomtax/

    please join and help stop thousands more being made homeless by these unjust taxes imposed on the poor !

  10. Some homelessness project workers have reported a huge rise in those under 35 unable to find homes. Under new Housing Benefit rules, those under 35 are only eligible for a room in a shared house. No assessment was done to examine whether their were enough properties of this type, at an affordable level, to ensure this brutal change did not force people onto the streets.

    WELL SORRY TO HAVE TO SAY THIS BUT…THIS GOVERNMENTS PREDECESSOR BEGAN THE PROCESS OF REDUCING THE NUMBERS OF HOUSES IN MULTIPLE OCCUPATION WITH THE 2004 HOUSING ACT, HOUSING HEALTH AND SAFETY RATING SYSTEM, HMO LICENSING, AND RED TAPE ON THE RED TAPE, LATELY COSTLY PLANNING PERMISSION TO CREATE SUCH ABODES

    THEY DON’T WANT SUCH HOMES POLLUTING ENGLAND’S GREEN AND PLEASANT LAND…AND WITH ALL THE RULES LANDLORDS ARE EVEN LESS LIKELY TO ACCEPT TENANTS ON HOUSING BENEFIT.

    WHERE I LIVE LOTS OF LANDLORDS GAVE UP THE GHOST IN 2004 AND PEOPLE WERE TURFED OUT, INCLUDING ONE MAN WHO’D LIVED IN HIS ROOM FOR OVER 20 YEARS.

    SOCIAL ENGINEERING DISGUISED AS CARING FOR TENANTS’ SAFETY.

    THE LOCAL COUNCIL (AMALGAMATED) BRUTALLY AND SYSTEMATICALLY DESTROYED THE HMO IN WHICH I LIVED (10 YEARS) AND WISH TO USE IT FOR MUCH NEEDED ACCOMMODATION IN THE AREA. SAY RED BACKWARDS.

    PEOPLE ON BOATS HAD BETTER OBEY ALL RULES AND REGS PRONTO ELSE THEY GET TOWED AWAY, AND PEOPLE IN CARAVANS AND CHALETS WATCH YOUR OWN BACKS…

    ALL THIS GOVERNMENT WANT FOR CITIZENS ARE CLONES OF THEMSELVES.

    MEANWHILE…

  11. Reblogged this on Gangstalked and slandered and commented:
    Make people poor, then criminalise them. Remind me, which political party maintains these values?

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