Wednesday, October 14, 2015

“280,000 households at risk of homelessness”

UK 'Breaching Human Rights' Over Housing

The UK is in breach of its international human rights duties by failing to provide people with adequate homes in the face of a severe housing crisis, leading charities have claimed. A reduction in social housing in England and inadequate, unaffordable rental accommodation in the private sector is driving a growing number of families into homelessness, the organisations warn in a report.

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4 thoughts on ““280,000 households at risk of homelessness”

  • I guess that spells the end of the human rights act.

    In any case, the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” states that these rights are valid only if they do not contradict with the aims and objectives with the United Nations, i.e. that they are Universal unless the UN deem them not.

    Article 29.
    (3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

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    Given that the UN is all for open borders, I guess it probably deems that these requirements are dropped where we let millions in to deal with the wars we created?

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  • I guess that spells the end of the human rights act.

    It could be the end of home owners in Enfield making a few grand too.

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  • Actually, Enfield Council is buying up loads of houses around Enfield to home people on housing lists:
    http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/sep/01/enfield-experiment-housing-problem-radical-solution

    This also has the effect of mopping up supply, forcing up prices.

    Incidentally, demand on the rail line to Enfield is up over 20% the first couple months of having London Overground. Exceeding all expectations, and houses previously selling for £325 are heading towards £400k. Other similar places on other Overground routes have risen from circa £300k to £600k plus since the new East London Line came to pass.

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  • Simple solution – private property rights. Allow people to live where they are able to. Pave over the greenbelt – building a home on very cheap land is well in reach of the low paid. Allow people to club together and buy a house, knock it down and build 20 flats. If the green belt lovers and low density suburban dwellers want to keep their privileges, they are welcome to buy the land themselves and use it as they would like. Of course there will still be lots of people who are excluded from the best locations but fewer than there are now.

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