Homelessness and evictions soar under the Tories

So why is Stoke-on-Trent Independents/Tories City Council trying to blame homeless people for putting, “people off the city centre?”

Are they for real? Haven’t they noticed that it’s ordinary hard working people who are paying through job cuts, low pay, zero-hour contracts and endless destruction of council services? Students in this city are leaving university with debts of £50,000 – has no-one told the council about this? In short, the buying power of working class people and youth in particular has been savagely cut for millions since the economic crisis started in 2008 and is significantly affecting city centres across the country.

However, our current council appear to believe that it’s a handful of homeless people who are to blame! Apparently, they are the ones who are stopping people from flooding into Hanley with their bulging wallets and purses!

In the real world, there are concrete reasons why homelessness is growing not just in Stoke-on-Trent but nationwide. Joseph Rowntree Foundation charity recently published research that found 40,000 tenants were evicted from their homes in 2015 alone.

120,000 children are currently in temporary accommodation according to the Local Government Association. And the number of homeless families has shot up by more than a third since the Tories came into office in 2010.

One of the reasons why increasing numbers of families are becoming homeless is the loss of an assured short hold tenancy in the private rented sector. Cuts in housing benefits means private landlords are also reluctant to let to tenants claiming benefits.

The planned rolling out of Universal Benefit by the Tory government will make things even worse. Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) figures show nearly half of new recipients of Universal Credit have fallen behind on their rent for the first time. One in five owes over £1,000 which is also causing more evictions.

Our City Council wants to persecute homeless people but we think more council houses should be built for all who need them with low rents and necessary government funding.

We Say …………………

* scrap universal credit
* for living benefits without compulsion
* scrap zero-hour contracts
* for £10 an hour minimum wage
* councils to demand government funds to build council homes with low rents

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