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London councils pay landlords £14m in 'incentives' to house homeless people

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Cash-strapped London councils are paying private landlords more than £14m a year in “incentives” simply to persuade them to house homeless people, the Guardian can reveal.

The sweetener payments of up to £8,300 each were made to landlords more than 5,700 times in 2018 to house people who were either homeless or considered at risk of homelessness, freedom of information requests have revealed. The payouts are made in addition to rent and have been branded as ludicrous by housing campaigners and intolerable by councils.

The fall in social housebuilding and a widening gap between housing benefit and market rents appear to be fuelling the payments. Barnet, in north London, paid out £1.5m last year while facing a £23m overall budget cut, saying the payments were important in securing housing at times of high demand. In the past five years, the borough has built only 20 council houses.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/mar/25/london-councils-pay-landlords-14m-in-incentives-to-house-homeless-people

 

 

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20 hours ago, PeanutButter said:

Cash-strapped London councils are paying private landlords more than £14m a year in “incentives” simply to persuade them to house homeless people, the Guardian can reveal.

The sweetener payments of up to £8,300 each were made to landlords more than 5,700 times in 2018 to house people who were either homeless or considered at risk of homelessness, freedom of information requests have revealed. The payouts are made in addition to rent and have been branded as ludicrous by housing campaigners and intolerable by councils.

The fall in social housebuilding and a widening gap between housing benefit and market rents appear to be fuelling the payments. Barnet, in north London, paid out £1.5m last year while facing a £23m overall budget cut, saying the payments were important in securing housing at times of high demand. In the past five years, the borough has built only 20 council houses.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/mar/25/london-councils-pay-landlords-14m-in-incentives-to-house-homeless-people

 

 

 

As Mayor Royce said in The Wire, "That's some shameful shit"

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