A Petition to the Speaker; Socio-Economic Rights; Homelessness; and a Podcast

From: Taxpayers Against Poverty <contact@taxpayersagainstpoverty.org.uk>
Date: Sat, 28 Sep 2019 at 09:10
Subject: A petition, Socio-economic rights, the scale of homelessness and a podcast
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A petition to The Speaker of the House of Commons:

We are four young people from Salford and Manchester who think politicians should be people we can look up to and be inspired by. But yesterday in the House of Commons we saw MPs joking about domestic abuse, shouting at each other, and using words like “betrayal” just because they disagree.

The four of us have dreams of working in politics in order to change society for the better. But seeing the way these adults behave and the abuse that they face will put young people off going into politics. It makes us doubt whether we ourselves should ever get involved and aim to work somewhere like that.

The language used by some political leaders yesterday and over the last few months has been so nasty, insulting, and dehumanising.

PLEASE READ MORE and SIGN THE PETITION

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Socio-Economic Rights

This is now up on TAP facebook and TAP twitter – please RT and share as widely as you can including your MP
Parliament could begin to redeem itself by implementing the Socio-Economic Duty of Section 1 of the the Equality Act 2010, See Zoldo Casla’s blog from Just Fair. https://baringfoundation.org.uk/…/the-socio-economic-duty-…/
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The scale of homelessness among tenant families

TAP is supporting TAGLoveLane a group of homeless families in Temporary Accommodation in the London Borough of Haringey. This is a large local example of a huge national problem. According to the House of Commons Library there are 83,700 families with 124,000 children in temporary accommodation in England, up 10% since 2010, 56,880 of the families or 68% are in London. 

To: Councillor Kahled Moyeed, 
Chair Haringey Housing and Regeneration Scrutiny Panel


I am writing to support TAGLoveLane and Peacock Estates after their deputations to the Haringey Housing and Regeneration Scrutiny Panel, the 12th September and ask that these comments are taken into account in any recommendations the Panel will make to the Cabinet arising from their concerns. 

I am sure the panel is as concerned as I am about the scale of homelessness among tenant families in the Borough. One homeless family is too many but we have nearly 3000 homeless families in temporary accommodation 10,000 on the housing list and many others who are not on the council’s list because they have been deemed “intentionally” homeless and deleted from it.

We also have two homeless hostels Broadwater Lodge and Whitehall Lodge in each of which there are about 50 families each family in a single room sometimes for over two years.

I am sure the panel is as concerned as I am about the scale of homelessness among tenant families in the Borough. One homeless family is too many but we have nearly 3000 homeless families in temporary accommodation 10,000 on the housing list and many others who are not on the council’s list because they have been deemed “intentionally” homeless and deleted from it. 

We also have two homeless hostels Broadwater Lodge and Whitehall Lodge in each of which there are about 50 families each family in a single room sometimes for over two years. The homeless families are at the mercy of landlords and council officials. Landlords sell their properties either because they are being repossessed by their mortgage company or they want to take the profit from a buy to let. In both cases the homeless family in temporary accommodation is moved on, in some cases several times over ten years. This disrupts their children’s education as they are torn out of one community after another. Other families have been forced by threats of “intentional” homelessness from council officials into filthy accommodation.

Insufficient concern is being given to the mental wellbeing of the homeless children as shown by this Doctor’s opinion; It is a shocking thing for families to be without a secure truly affordable home for years on end. However both local and national policy makers seem to have become immune to shock when citizens are deprived by government policies which fail to meet the human needs of shelter or food. In the same way policy makers have lost any sense of shock at the abuse of power involved in threatening 50 successful small businesses with a compulsory purchase order.

We have recently heard much about the sovereignty of Parliament. There is also a sovereignty of the people over which the council is riding rough shod. The principle is that the authority of a state and its government are created and sustained by the consent of its people, through their elected representatives. In the interests of current and future homeless families and individuals the making of housing policy has to come out of its present rut. I hope you will consider the following recommendations.

The council ought to make an estimate of the level of housing need in the borough including the number of homeless families in temporary accommodation, the number on the housing list, the number deemed intentionally homeless and the number of hidden homeless as defined by Crisis.  All public land must be kept out of the market and truly affordable council homes built on it; the council is now allowed to borrow the money to build the homes. Long-term vacancy of properties is discouraged in Denmark. If an owner moves and does not wish to sell his property, he must rent it out – or at least try to sell it. If a property is empty for more than six weeks, the owner has to report to the local authority, which then seeks to provide tenants which the owner has to accept. Persons who are not residents of Denmark and have not lived in the country for a total period of five years previously may only acquire title to real property after having obtained permission from the Ministry of Justice. You might like to read the complete blog on Danish housing policy  

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A Podcast
Tom Burgess is a director of TAP runs a series of podcasts called  “The real agenda”.  He has kindly put together this one.  It is the first of three relebvant to the development of TAP.  Dibley & the real living wage, Episode 1 of the Hungry, Homeless, Powerless podcast series from Taxpayers Against Poverty is now available to listen to and subscribe from onApple Podcasts, Spotify and all main podcast providers. Direct link: http://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/id/11248751 

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Taxpayers Against Poverty


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