Jack Dromey MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, and Tessa Jowell MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for London, have written to all London councils following the revelations that some councils have been forced, as a result of the Government’s housing policies, to place homeless families outside of London, some hundreds of miles away.
Jack Dromey MP, who has also written to the Government’s Housing Minister Grant Shapps on the matter, said:
"Britain is facing a growing housing crisis and the Government appears to be completely out of touch with the impact on families.
"Soaring rents and collapsing affordable house building are making families homeless and forcing them to move hundreds of miles from home but we don’t know the full picture. That’s why we’ve written to all London Councils to see just how many families are being forced to pack their bags and move away from their families, friends, schools and work as a result of the Government’s policies.
"I’ve also written to Grant Shapps demanding to know what, if any, assessment he has made of how many families will be affected by his Government’s failure to provide an adequate level of affordable housing.”
Tessa Jowell MP, added:
“This Government’s misguided and shambolic approach to housing is clearly forcing some councils – both Labour and Conservative - to seek alternatives outside London to rehouse families. It cannot be fair that people who call London their home have to leave the city they love because they can’t afford to live here.”