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A new era for social cleansing: Richard Benyon must be stopped

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What’s happening to the people of the New Era estate is happening all over London as the Government­-created housing crisis is causing people to lose their homes, jobs and communities.

What kind of a society allows the naked greed of wealthy landlords to trump peoples’ basic need for housing?

Richard Benyon – whose multi-millionaire family bought into the estate – berates people struggling to feed their families on benefits whilst pocketing hundreds of thousands of pounds from the public purse in the form of housing benefit. He ought to be ashamed of himself, and so should the successive Governments whose policies have helped create this housing crisis.

A third of our MPs are landlords – that helps to explain why we have a housing system that is so heavily weighted in favour of landlords.

Enough is enough.

The market has demonstrated quite spectacularly that it’s incapable of meeting peoples’ housing needs. Councils need to stop selling off what little social housing we have left to make a quick buck. We need rent control to protect people from the extortionate charges that are crippling people financially.

Most of all, we need tenants’ rights to be strengthened to stop people like the residents of the New Era estate from being turfed from their homes while profiteering landlords line their pockets.

Image via Hackney Citizen

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One thought on “A new era for social cleansing: Richard Benyon must be stopped

  1. It is a sad state of affairs.

    The previous owners, must have known the fate of these tenants, as soon as they put the estate up for sale. The agents for the previous owners, must have said okay the tenants are paying £700 per month, but the going rate is £2,000 per month. So please pay us on the basis you will be getting £2,000 per month.

    Do you know anything about the previous owners of New Era estate?. How were they able to offer cheap rents?. Where they owned by a charity?

    “The market has demonstrated quite spectacularly that it’s incapable of meeting peoples’ housing needs. ”

    If ‘everyone’ wants to live in Hoxton, how can you blame the ‘market’?

    “We need rent control to protect people from the extortionate charges that are crippling people financially.”

    It will not have helped in this instance. The new landlord increased the rent by 10% to £700+ per month, but it is still below the the level maximum that can be received from housing benefit of £1,297 per month (2 bed).

    You have to look at the big picture. Hoxton is / was a s***hole (sorry!), until a bunch of trendy hipsters said Hoxton is cool and centre of the universe. Then the rest of the sheep agreed and drove up prices. Blame the hipsters.

    The area surrounding Kings Cross was a s***hole, too but there is regeneration too.

    There are many parts of London, which have been affordable for over last two decades, but they have been overlooked and considered unattractive places to live. The Government should invest in such areas to uplift them.

    I had a quick look at Rightmove and the prices are very high now, even in areas which previously affordable.

    I don’t understand what is driving these house prices high and people seem to have forgotten the house crash of 2007.

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