Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Return of the London slums.
Conditions now among worst in Europe, warns major study, while thousands forced to sleep rough as landlords cash in. Housing conditions in Britain are among the worst in Western Europe and cost the nation about Ã‚Â£7bn a year by adding to the pressure on the NHS and other public services, according to a major study to be published today. It warns that homelessness is on the rise and predicts the return of unscrupulous landlords like the infamous Peter Rachman, who exploited his London tenants in the 1950s and 1960s. Almost 4,000 people are sleeping rough on London's streets, an increase of 8 per cent since last year. The number of families on waiting lists in London doubled to 362,000 between 1997 and 2010 Ã¢Â€Â“ and now accounts for more than 20 per cent of the national waiting list.