Shifting responsibility for homelessness

We’ve just read what to all intents and purposes is a regurgitated press release from Southend Borough Council on a campaign they’ve just launched to ‘help’ the homeless in the town: Help homeless on Southend High Street by giving to homeless charities not to beggars. You could be forgiven for thinking that this is about ‘tidying up’ Southend town centre before the Christmas shopping frenzy gets underway.

Cllr. Tony Cox makes a big deal about giving to local homelessness charities such as Harp rather than giving money directly to homeless people. Cox also draws attention to the problem of London boroughs shipping their homeless households out to Essex and the impact that has on the private rented market in Southend. As we’ve pointed out more times than we care to remember, what happens with the housing crisis in London has a direct impact on the situation in Southend and other…

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