Housing - Unsafe Practices

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2016
Reference: 
2016/2212
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

'Shelter' has stated that some councils are guilty of unsafe practices by pressurising homeless families to relocate miles away. What is your position on this situation and how can you help to improve to help communities, involving families and young children, being uprooted from their own neighbourhoods?

Answer

Answer for Housing - Unsafe Practices

Answer for Housing - Unsafe Practices

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is clearly very disruptive when some homeless families have little option but to accept accommodation away from their local area. This is sadly often the consequence of the pressure that local authorities find themselves under, due to the diminishing supply of social housing, rising rents and growing competition in London's private rented sector, and the welfare reform measures pursued by this Government and the last.

I am committed to helping local authorities manage these pressures and my Deputy for Housing is already in conversation with them about how I might most effectively help.