London Councils Make Plans To Rehome Families In Response To LHA Cuts

12 November 2012 Categories: News

London Councils Make Plans To Rehome Families In Response To LHA Cuts

Twenty nine of London’s local councils recently responded to a survey run by the Guardian newspaper asking whether they had any plans to rehome families outside the capital city when LHA reforms are introduced in April 2013. The planned reforms will mean that thousands of families living within the limits of the city will be no longer be able to afford private rental property, and will need to be rehomed by their respective councils.

The results of the survey showed that a number of London councils have already purchased, or are in the process of purchasing, property in Essex, Kent, Berkshire and Sussex, while others have looked at the possibility of purchases as far away as Manchester, Birmingham, Derby, Nottingham and even Hull and South Wales. Seventeen of the local councils also admitted to moving families out of the capital city already, some of which have ended up in Manchester,Slough,Luton,Hastings and Northampton.

Director of housing and strategy at Barking & Dagenham Council, Ken Jones, said recently, “It is going to be practically impossible to provide affordable accommodation to meet our homelessness duties in London. As the pressures increase, we will be looking to procure well out of London, and even out of the Home Counties.”