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Yes indeed . About 4 years ago they froze the LHA rates and London suffered the most as no LL would take HB tenants as the LHA rates fell right behind the market rates . A form of social cleansing did take place which pushed the disadvantaged north of the capital where the rates were just about comparable still with market rents . I`m in MK about an hour north of the capital and the London capitals were bribing me 4K to take their evictees as their homelessness problem was overwhelming them . The councils in fact clubbed together and appointed a coordinator for their problem . I was headhunted . They came up to see me and tried to sweet talk me with their sales patter.
It was unseemly to see what should have been a public service being provided in their own locality being reduced to this kind of begging bowl mentality. Families were being split up and moved away from their home environment . Depression, drugs, alcohol kicked in. Health deteriorated and people turned to crime to feed their families. Its a crazy shortsighted policy. My places cost around £25 per night but tenants forced onto the streets were getting arrested ending up in police cells or prison . Drugs, alcohol and mental health problems meant many ended up in hospital . It costs the taxpayer about £300 per person per night in prison, cells or hospital. So rather than pay the extra 3% pa to keep the LHA rate up ( £1 per night ) with the market rate they forced this social cleansing policy . £1 per night extra LHA rate or £300 per night in hospital / police cell . So just one person in 300 needs to get into trouble for 1 night and their figures are blown .
Take all the unintended and largely unseen knock on effects from that one night in hospital and the sums mount up even more . Ongoing treatment , rehab, probation , social services budgets are all under pressure because the government refuses to house its own people . So the streets become full and people are displaced 100/ 200 miles away form family and friends .. And the great unseen is where families who umbilical chord should have and was cut some years ago are now forced back in with each other creating overcrowding and more social upheaval where grandad is fighting with son who is fighting with his son to get to the bathroom . One 3 storey i looked at buying had a generation on each floor crowded and stuffed together like animals in a zoo.
Its disgraceful and its getting worse and worse
Jonathan Clarke. http://www.buytoletmk.com
The government aims to divide us and pitch us against each other so its not going to be easy.
The council and DWP always say their relationship is with the tenant not the landlord
But of course it should be an open 3 way transparent dialogue as its taxpayers money .
So I have long thought there should be a a much better alliance between tenants and LL`s
We have very different perspectives yes but so much in common
You want security and a safe home . I want to provide that security and that safe home
The government holds the purse strings but cannot manage the movement of money effectively
So who can help and bring about change
Traditionally the big players like Shelter have a perceived anti LL stance
They dont help house LHA tenants they just tell them how to frustrate LL`s
They are adversarial by nature not collaborative .
The problems stem at their top layer of management
They have / could have an important role but their ethos is all wrong in my view
So you have to look elsewhere
The LL`s have their own reps like RLA and NLA . But their focus is much broader than LHA
And they are good but not great and simply not proactive in certain areas such as this
So we need someone new on the scene in my view
If LHA tenants and LHA LL`s joined forces to challenge councils/ DWP / Gov thats a start
My council has rejected me setting up working parties for the past 20 years
They often pay lip service to ` working better with LL`s` . They have limited resources and interest
Tenants just don`t seem to have the collective will power to form a strong self interest group
So you will need vision strength motivation and determination to change the world
But to get noticed you also need money and influence and power
Money can buy the latter two
The good news is ...That`s far far easier to raise these days through crowdfunding
2 million LL`s and 2 million tenants give the fund just £1
That`s 4 million quid in your starting pot fund
You will then get a lot of expert assistance and motivation to change the culture within
It can be done . We see it every day in other fields . Moulds are broken all the time
Best of luck
PS if thats all too overwhelming to set up then to do it alone ... I suggest get yourself a placard and a facebook page and walk up and down the front entrance at your local council. Tell the local press. Get noticed . Get local people of influence to take note and support your plight. Someone will jump on your bandwagon and sympathise with your vision and offer to help you out. They may do it out of love or maybe to help advertise their own cause and vision . It doesn't matter let yourself be used but dont sell your soul . If it gets you ahead of the game you will find peace and then you can set about helping others